Jednající jménem rozhodčí advokátní kanceláře Dugué & Kirtleyho klient, a Barotselandská národní aliance svobody (BNFA), William Kirtley has published an article concerning Barotseland’s bid for independence from Zambia in the leading Francophone African news magazine Mladá Afrika.
Bývalý britský protektorát Barotseland willingly chose to become part of Zambie podle Barotselandská dohoda 1964, a treaty brokered by the United Kingdom that was intended to preserve Barotseland’s semi-autonomous status within an independent Zambia.
Přestože Kenneth Kaunda, první prezident Zambie, 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 začíná brzy po nezávislosti Zambie, going so far as to modify the Zambian Constitution to remove all references to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, na “anulování” the British act of parliament granting sovereignty to Zambia which referred to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, vyvlastnit Barotselandovu pokladnici, to changing the name of Barotseland to the generic “Západní region” and attempting to destroy Barotseland’s previously well-functioning institutions.
Pochopitelně, v 2012, a 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. Dosud, namísto zapojení do dialogu Zambia zvýšila represi v bývalém britském protektorátu Barotseland, 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 Arbitráž PCA v Haagu.
K datu, přibližně 10,000 Zástupci Barotselandu podepsali rozhodčí dohodu PCA designed to allow an independent and neutral arbitral tribunal in The Hague to rule upon the status of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 v souladu s mezinárodním právem. 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 Mladá Afrika concerning Barotseland’s enlightened attempts to have the issue of its legal status settled by way of PCA arbitration, spíše než násilí, jak se zdá Zambia, was prepared jointly by the BNFA, William Kirtley, francouzský sociální vědec, Koralie Wietrzykowski a Audrey a Christophe Dugué. It may be found online at https://jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20140606174635/ and is reproduced below.