The global ‘Pray for Barotseland’ social media group has issued an immediate CALL for country-wide prayer and fasting. The administrator, Heather Neal has also asked the group members, and those that wish to answer to this call for prayer, to remember that unity is the greatest need for Barotseland at this present time. Quoting from the Holy Bible book of Matthew 12:25, Ms Neal said that it was important for the members of the group and the nation at large to remember that a house that is ...
We have said it before and we will say it again, that Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia is not an Honourable man. Accordingly, he will not be until he publicly states why and how he has defrauded Barotseland and her people their right to Self-determination alongside their brothers in Zambia as guaranteed in the now defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964. This is the same man who on 6th August 1964 stood before the Barotse King, HRM Sir Mwanawina III, KBE, his Kuta and Barotse government, in the ...
Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika has observed that celebration of Africa Freedom Day is meaningless for as long as Barotseland activists remain in prison. He said the Zambian government must release all those who are political prisoners over the issue of Barotseland. Akashambatwa said the government must adopt practices that engage in honest dialogue rather than repressive detention of citizens expressing and advocating for what they believe in. He further demanded for eradication of all ...
Latest reports have confirmed and insisted that the looming activist protests against the Litunga over some allegedly compromised Indunas are indeed planned and financed by occupying forces to get to the Litunga who they have now allegedly realized to be working with his people to actualize Barotseland independence. “We wish to confirm that the Barotseland National Information Center has received intelligence reports from reliable sources that, the government of Zambia has released funding of ...
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Matters of Self Determination and wishes of the people should be of urgent considerations. The monarchy should show policy direction in matters of such nature of inalienable rights, no neutrality or cowardice should be exhibited. It's good to point out the weaknesses than shielding them; this will help in bringing sanity in the struggle. It is in the public domain that the people, the BRE and LITUNGA, all opted for independent Barotseland as per 2012 BNC resolutions and to work toward ...
As the ‘wind of change’ was blowing across Africa, frantic efforts were being made to hammer out an agreement that would bring independence to Northern Rhodesia to ensure that Barotseland does not remain dependent on the British Crown in accordance with the treaties between the British Crown on one hand and the Barotse Monarch y on the other . Late on 18th May, 1964, ‘The Barotseland Agreement 1964’ was signed. The opening paragraph of the preamble of The Barotseland Agreement 1964 stated, ...

 

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)  has now admitted the nation state of Barotseland as a member.

For any entity to be a member of UNPO, they have to be a Nation or People, possessing the will to be identified as a Nation or People and are bound to a common heritage which can be historical, racial, ethnic, religious or territorial. The prospective participant can also be a section of a People, constituting a minority, living on a portion of its ancestral territory, incorporated into a State other than a State represented by that People.

Last year two other International bodies recognized Barotseland as a sovereign member state. The Federation of Free States of Africa (www.africafederation.net) and the Union of Free States (www.unfs.org)

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
 
Although the aspirations of UNPO Members differ greatly, they are all united by one shared condition – they are not adequately represented at major international fora, such as the United Nations. As a consequence, their opportunity to participate on the international stage is significantly limited, as is their ability to access and draw upon the support of the global bodies mandated to defend their rights, protect their environments, and mitigate the effects of conflict.
 
In today’s world where over 90 percent of conflicts are intra-state, UNPO has been established to fill this gap, providing an international forum through which its Members can become effective participants and contributors to the international community. In an increasingly interdependent world it is ever more important that those who continue to be denied their rights or remain excluded be given an opportunity to present their case. UNPO works therefore to address the consequences of marginalisation, working with its Members to promote their democratic causes, to provide information, and to articulate creative and nonviolent strategies for progress, above all however, UNPO works to ensure their voices are heard.
 
Founded in 1991 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, UNPO is unique as an international organisation in that it is built entirely by its Members. Through this strong connection to those suffering the consequences of the exclusion the organisation seeks to address, UNPO has since grown into a prominent and respected international forum.
 
UNPO’s membership has also grown steadily from its original fifteen founders, representing now almost 70 Members worldwide. Although the work of UNPO adapts continually to meet the challenges of its Members and the nature of the international political climate, each Member remains committed to respecting the five principles enshrined in the UNPO Covenant: nonviolence, human rights, democracy and self-determination, environmental protection, and tolerance.
 
UNPO remains committed to offering an increasing number of nations and peoples an entry point into the international community, enabling its Members also to learn from one another; lending their support where there are setbacks and sharing their experiences in success.

Find Barotseland’s listing as a member here: http://www.unpo.org/members/16714

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0 #1 NAHA YA BULOZI 2014-01-10 21:11
DEAR EDITOR KINDLY , IS IT NOT POSSIBLE TO DISPLAY THE CERTIFICATE/ OFFICIAL DOCUMENT OF BAROTSELANDS ADMISSION TO UNIPO MEMBERSHIP AS IT IS THE CASE WITH UFS AND FFSA? We are hopeful that it will be displayed soonest since it was just an oversight. KOZO SHANGWE.
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