Djeluje u ime arbitražnog odvjetničkog ureda Dugué & Kirtleyjev klijent, the Savez za nacionalnu slobodu Barotselanda (BNFA), William Kirtley has published an article concerning Barotseland’s bid for independence from Zambia in the leading Francophone African news magazine Mlada Afrika.
Bivši britanski protektorat iz Barotseland willingly chose to become part of Zambija u skladu s Barotselandski sporazum 1964, a treaty brokered by the United Kingdom that was intended to preserve Barotseland’s semi-autonomous status within an independent Zambia.
Iako je Kenneth Kaunda, prvi predsjednik Zambije, 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 počevši ubrzo nakon neovisnosti Zambije, going so far as to modify the Zambian Constitution to remove all references to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, do “poništenje” the British act of parliament granting sovereignty to Zambia which referred to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, na eksproprijaciji riznice Barotselanda, to changing the name of Barotseland to the generic “Zapadna regija” and attempting to destroy Barotseland’s previously well-functioning institutions.
Razumljivo, u 2012, the 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. Još, umjesto da se uključuje u dijalog, Zambija je povećala represiju u bivšem britanskom protektoratu Barotselanda, 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 arbitraža u Haagu.
Do danas, približno 10,000 Predstavnici Barotselanda potpisali su PCA arbitražni sporazum designed to allow an independent and neutral arbitral tribunal in The Hague to rule upon the status of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 u skladu s međunarodnim pravom. 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 Mlada Afrika concerning Barotseland’s enlightened attempts to have the issue of its legal status settled by way of PCA arbitration, a ne nasilje kako se čini da Zambija traži, was prepared jointly by the BNFA, William Kirtley, francuski društveni znanstvenik, Koralie Wietrzykowski i Audrey i Christophe Dugué. It may be found online at https://jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20140606174635/ and is reproduced below.