United Kingdom to Pay Reparations to Victims of Colonialism

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013 by WorldAffairs

In what some hailed as a precedent setting action, the United Kingdom has agreed to pay reparations, amounting to about £3000 per person, to victims of torture and other abuses during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya in the 1950's.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated: "The British government recognizes that Kenyans were subject to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of the colonial administration. The British government sincerely regrets that these abuses took place and that they marred Kenya's progress towards independence." (BCC news article)

For a deeper look at British colonial rule in Kenya, the Mau Mau Rebellion, and European Colonial rule in Africa in general, check out the following titles:

Imperial Reckoning Histories of the Hanged The Scramble for Africa, 1876-1912

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