In 2009, on this day five veterans of Kenya's struggle for independence presented the London High Court with a case against the British government for human rights abuses in the 1950s and 1960s.
Mau Mau Veterans Sue British GovernmentThe five Kenyans, three men and two women all in the their seventies and eighties, have called for the British government to acknowledge its responsibility in the alleged crimes which it committed in the pre-independence era, in particular during and in the aftermath of the Mau Mau uprising. "We want the British government to say what we did was so wrong"They have also demanded the government to offer them adequate compensation for the atrocities which they suffered.
The claim was presented to the London High Court by the Mau Mau War Veterans' Association and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, through the US law firm Obama & Obama Co. Quoted in an article on the BBC website, the veterans' lawyer, Barack Obama (pictured), said that he believed his father's comrades had "a good chance of success".