Kenya

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Goodlad Lord Goodlad Chair, Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, Chair, Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the title and wording of the memorial in Nairobi to those who suffered during the Emergency period of 1952 to 1963 will indicate that it is a memorial to all those who suffered, on all sides, during that period.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK is working with the Kenyan Human Rights Commission, the Mau Mau War Veterans Association, the Nairobi Governor’s Office, and the National Museums of Kenya to make sure the proposed memorial is as inclusive as possible and promotes reconciliation. The Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association (OSPA) has also been fully consulted.

The first plaque will state: “This memorial is a symbol of reconciliation between the British Government, the Mau Mau, and all those who suffered during the Emergency Period”.

The proposed title of the memorial is: “Memorial to the Victims of Torture and Ill-Treatment during the Colonial Era (1952-1963)”. This reflects the wording of the settlement agreement and the announcement made by the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), on 6 June 2013.

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