Действа от името на арбитражното адвокатско дружество Dugué & Клиентът на Кирли, на Бароцеланд Национален алианс за свобода (БНФА), William Kirtley has published an article concerning Barotseland’s bid for independence from Zambia in the leading Francophone African news magazine Млада Африка.
Бившият британски протекторат на Barotseland willingly chose to become part of Замбия в съответствие с Споразумение Бароцеланд 1964, a treaty brokered by the United Kingdom that was intended to preserve Barotseland’s semi-autonomous status within an independent Zambia.
Въпреки че Кенет Каунда, първият президент на Замбия, signed the treaty himself on behalf of the Government of Northern Rhodesia, he and the Zambian Government would violate every provision of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 започвайки скоро след независимостта на Замбия, going so far as to modify the Zambian Constitution to remove all references to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, да се “анулира” the British act of parliament granting sovereignty to Zambia which referred to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, за отчуждаване на съкровищницата на Бароцеланд, to changing the name of Barotseland to the generic “Западен регион” and attempting to destroy Barotseland’s previously well-functioning institutions.
Разбираемо, в 2012, на Barotseland National Council voted to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964, with the logical consequence that Barotseland had regained its independence since the treaty by which it freely forged a union with Zambia had ended. Още, вместо да води диалог Замбия увеличи репресиите в бившия британски протекторат на Бароцеланд, imprisoning dozens of Barotseland activists on the charge of treason and increasing the police presence in Barotseland while refusing to consider Barotseland’s calls for the peaceful resolution of the issue of Barotseland’s legal status by way of PCA арбитраж в Хага.
Към днешна дата, приблизително 10,000 Представителите на Barotseland подписаха споразумение за арбитраж на PCA designed to allow an independent and neutral arbitral tribunal in The Hague to rule upon the status of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 в съответствие с международното право. President Sata of Zambia has steadfastly refused to sign the PCA arbitration agreement, in an apparent recognition that Zambia’s acts flagrantly violated the treaty.
The article in Млада Африка concerning Barotseland’s enlightened attempts to have the issue of its legal status settled by way of PCA arbitration, а не насилие, както изглежда Замбия, was prepared jointly by the BNFA, William Kirtley, френски социален учен, Корали Wietrzykowski и Одри и Кристоф Dugué. It may be found online at https://jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20140606174635/ and is reproduced below.