Agire per conto dello studio legale arbitrale Dugué & Il cliente di Kirtley, il Barotseland National Freedom Alliance (BNF), William Kirtley has published an article concerning Barotseland’s bid for independence from Zambia in the leading Francophone African news magazine Africa giovane.
L'ex protettorato britannico di Barotseland willingly chose to become part of Zambia ai sensi del Accordo Barotseland 1964, a treaty brokered by the United Kingdom that was intended to preserve Barotseland’s semi-autonomous status within an independent Zambia.
Sebbene Kenneth Kaunda, il primo presidente dello Zambia, 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 a partire subito dopo l'indipendenza dello Zambia, going so far as to modify the Zambian Constitution to remove all references to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, per “annullamento” the British act of parliament granting sovereignty to Zambia which referred to the Barotseland Agreement 1964, espropriare il tesoro di Barotseland, to changing the name of Barotseland to the generic “Regione occidentale” and attempting to destroy Barotseland’s previously well-functioning institutions.
Comprensibilmente, nel 2012, il 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. Ancora, piuttosto che impegnarsi nel dialogo, lo Zambia ha aumentato la repressione nell'ex protettorato britannico di 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 Arbitrato PCA a L'Aia.
Ad oggi, circa 10,000 I rappresentanti di Barotseland hanno firmato un accordo arbitrale PCA designed to allow an independent and neutral arbitral tribunal in The Hague to rule upon the status of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 in conformità con il diritto internazionale. 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 Africa giovane concerning Barotseland’s enlightened attempts to have the issue of its legal status settled by way of PCA arbitration, piuttosto che la violenza come sembra essere lo Zambia, was prepared jointly by the BNFA, William Kirtley, uno scienziato sociale francese, Koralie Wietrzykowski e Audrey e Christophe Dugué. It may be found online at https://jeuneafrique.com/Article/ARTJAWEB20140606174635/ and is reproduced below.