Nearly 10,000 Enlightened Separatists Sign PCA Arbitration Clause. Zambia Refuses to Halt Its Illegal Use of Force.
Nearly 500 pages of signatures of the PCA arbitration clause granting jurisdiction to a PCA arbitration tribunal have been signed by 10,000 enlightened separatists representing the Kingdom of Barotseland, a formerly well-known African kingdom and former British protectorate.
PCA arbitration would ensure that the Barotseland issue was resolved by impartial international arbitrators in The Hague who were entirely independent of the Parties and who ruled in accordance with international law. Sadly, Zambia has rejected such an enlightened approach, preferring a response of additional brute force and police repression, rather than defending its position according to international law.
Zambia’s continued violent repression of Barotse nationalists, and its continuing human rights abuses, can only be seen as a clear admission that Zambia knows its actions to be in flagrant violation of international law. By its violent acts, Zambia has effectively conceded that it has been violating the Barotseland Agreement 1964 for five decades.
It is clear that President Sata intends to continue violating the rights of the people of Barotseland, mindlessly enforcing the borders inherited from former President Kenneth Kaunda, who signed the Barotseland Agreement 1964 on behalf of Northern Rhodesia, and then spent three decades attempting to dismantle the centuries-old African State of Barotseland and to starve it of economic resources.
This flagrant breach of international law shows that the Zambian Government’s approach is far less enlightened than the peaceful, modern approach proposed by 10,000 Barotseland representatives.
It is sad to see African Presidents attempting to blindly destroy historic African structures, rather than celebrating a complex and vibrant civilization that existed for centuries prior to the creation of the modern Zambian State by the British.
Nearly 500 pages of signatures of the PCA arbitration clause may be found below. Please be patient as this large document loads.