Zaoui: the lessons
Posted on 06:00, January 18th, 2009 by Anita
We’ve had comments around the Zaoui debacle on a couple of threads, so I thought I would try to pull together some things I think the government (public servants and politicians) should have learned from it:
- “National security interests” must be publicly defined and open to public debate and influence
- Secret evidence is unacceptable in all but the most unusual situations, when it absolutely must be used genuine checks and balances must be in place
- Refugees should never be housed in prisons, and should be in secure facilities only in the most unusual situations (and that must be open to judicial review)
- The immediate families of refugees should be allowed to join them as soon as possible.
What have I missed?