For years the British government had refused to render a full apology for atrocities committed under empire in countries like Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and other Africa countries.
This victory against the British government has now restored hope of finding out the truth and uncovering secrets that had been kept from the public domain.
It will also open up cases the British government argued was too old to open and also the extent of British brutality during the colonial era.
Three elderly Kenyans have won an historic legal victory over the British government after the high court gave them permission to claim damages for the grave abuses they suffered when imprisoned during the Mau Mau rebellion.
The court rejected the government's claim that too much time had elapsed for there to be a fair trial, just as it threw out an earlier claim that the Mau Mau veterans should be suing the Kenyan government, not the British.
The three suffered what their lawyers describe as "unspeakable acts of brutality", including castration, beatings and severe sexual assaults.