UN demands an apology from the UK over land seizures in Kenya.
The UK has been requested to apologize and pay members of two tribes in western Kenya whose land was stolen and who experienced horrendous abuses during the colonial period.
The appeal was presented to the UN by indigenous Kenyans who had settled in the fertile tea zones of Kericho county.
A special rapporteur was appointed, who voiced “alarm about the alleged absence of accountability and adequate redress for victims of grave human rights abuses.”
The UN stated that members of the Kipsigis and Tailai communities, as well as other indigenous people, have been subjected to human rights violations such as murder, sexual violence, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, arbitrary detention, and arbitrary displacement, as well as violations of their rights to privacy, family life, and property.
Around 500,000 individuals were abused in this manner.
Numerous British and international tea companies have taken up residence in the area, notably Findlay’s, Williamson Fine Tea, and Unilever.
In May, the UN wrote to the UK government, stating that it will publish its findings within 30 days.