Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On October 19

On this day in ...
... 1914, in the south of what was then a Portuguese colony, Angola, a dispute at Naulilaa led to the death of 3 Germans who had come, in search of a food convoy, from the neighboring German colony then called South-West Africa -- today, Namibia. Later in the month Germans attacked Naulilaa and other Portuguese posts. A special arbitral panel adjudicated the incident in 1928, the delay in time having been occasioned by the onset of World War I. The panel ruled that reprisals illegal at international law, unless made: in response to a prior violation of international law; after an unsatisfied demand for redress; in a manner proportionate to the initial misconduct. (credit for photo of Naulilaa monument)

(Prior October 19 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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