UK apologizes for unequal treatment of its war dead

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 Apr 2021

The British government and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have apologized after an investigation found that at least 161,000 mostly Africans and Indians who died fighting for the British Empire during World War I weren't properly honored due to "pervasive racism.''

The investigation found that at least 116,000 people - and possibly as many as 350,000 - were not commemorated by name or commemorated at all, according to findings released yesterday. In addition, between 45,000 and 54,000 other casualties were "commemorated unequally.''

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace apologized yesterday in the House of Commons and expressed "deep regret'' for failures to properly commemorate Black and Asian service personnel who died fighting for the British Empire.

The commission appointed a committee to investigate claims of unequal treatment of war dead following a 2019 TV documentary presented by David Lammy, a lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party.

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