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Massacre in Malaysia: British colonial crimes and the painful quest for truth

LET bygones be bygones. Let sleeping dogs lie. But not everyone would agree: for decades the families of 24 people allegedly massacred by UK soldiers in 1948 at Batang Kali, Malaysia, have been trying to get the UK to investigate – without success. Their efforts recently came to the end of the line when an application to the European Court of Human Rights was rejected. The families, led by Nyok Keyu Chong, thought the UK should investigate because in 1948 Batang Kali was within the British Empire. There had been investigations in the past, but Chong thought they were not good enough, and that new information from the Royal Malaysia Police and a 2009 book would make a difference. The UK government, however, refused a new inquiry and an appeal to the UK Supreme Court was unsuccessful. In desperation the families turned to the European Court of Human Rights, which...

 

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