06/06/2013 05:35 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT

British government to announce compensation for Kenyans abused during 1950s uprising

LONDON - The British government is set to announce compensation for Kenyans abused during a rebellion against colonial rule in the 1950s.

Foreign Secretary William Hague is due to announce details in the House of Commons later Thursday.

Several thousand now-elderly Kenyans say they were beaten and sexually assaulted by officers acting for the British administration trying to suppress the "Mau Mau" rebellion, in which groups of Kenyans attacked British officials and white farmers who had settled in some of Kenya's most fertile lands.

The settlements come after Britain's High Court ruled in October that three Kenyans could pursue compensation claims.

Martyn Day, a lawyer for the Kenyans, said he hoped Hague's statement would be "the final resolution of this legal battle that has been ongoing for so many years."