The International Arbitration Attorney Network Thanks The Queen Of England Concerning Barotseland
Following the Barotseland National Freedom Alliance‘s appeal to the Queen of England to ask the British Government to intervene on Barotseland’s behalf, in order to determine the legal impact of Zambia’s violation of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 over the past five decades which led to Barotseland finally accepting Zambia’s repudiation of the agreement and the return of Barotseland to the status of an independent State, the members of the International Arbitration Attorney Network would like to thank the Queen of England for her prompt response.
Barotseland has historically had excellent relations with the Royal Family, and the Queen Mother was in fact the first woman ever to ride in the Royal barge in the 500 years of Barotseland’s existence as a sovereign nation located in southern Africa. Barotseland’s kings have attended every coronation for well over 100 years, and are the only African dignitaries to have played a role in each of these ceremonies since the coronation of King Edward.
Barotseland was the best-educated and wealthiest part of Zambia at independence, but due to a personal vendetta by Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia, its institutions were destroyed, much of its wealth was expropriated by the Zambian Government, and the Barotseland Agreement 1964, which was designed to ensure Barotseland’s continued autonomy within an independent Zambia, was repudiated by Zambia.
Since 2012, Barotseland has been seeking to resolve the long-running conflict according to international law, and it entered into contact with the International Arbitration Attorney Network to request assistance to have the matter peacefully resolved via PCA international arbitration. Although Zambia has refused to participate, over 10,000 Barotseland representatives have already signed an arbitration clause that would allow this to take place.
Barotseland has also become a member of the UNPO, its case against Zambia before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has been accepted and is being heard (although Zambia refuses to participate), and it is considering a large investment arbitration against Zambia for the expropriation of the Barotseland native treasury, which would be valued at approximately USD 1 billion since the date of expropriation, with interest continuing to accrue.