Fidonet Asylum Policy
July 4, 1998
The granting of asylum for political or religious reasons is a well
known world-wide policy to allow freedom to people who otherwise would not
enjoy the rights of freedom. Asylum in Fidonet is no different. Each net,
region, and zone must determine for themselves whether or not to grant
asylum for each specific request.
2. ADOPTION OF POLICY
Since asylum is essentially a decision that each coordinator must reach
by himself/herself, there is no Fidonet wide requirement to adopt this
policy. Refusal by any Coordinator to recognize the right of a subordinant
Coordinator to grant asylum is deemed excessively annoying behavior, and is
cause for the removal of that person from a coordinator position. Asylum is
a decision of conscience, therefor the right to seek and grant asylum is
automatically recognized within Fidonet.
Any individual node, net, region or zone may request asylum from any
net, region or zone. There is no required format for this request. The
coordinator receiving the request for asylum should, but is not required to,
verify that the person(s) seeking asylum actually are facing persecution and
then either grant or deny asylum.
If asylum is granted the node(s) involved become full members of the
net, region, zone that has granted asylum and can not retain the node number
from the area that have have sought asylum from.
The granting of asylum does not constitute a geographical exemption and
may not be denied by any coordinator above the level of the coordinator who
has granted asylum.
With the advent of dictatorial Coordinators the need for this policy
became apparent. All of the democratic countries, as well as the worlds
major religions recognize the need for asylum and support it. In fact the
only countries which do not recognize asylum are dictatorships. A word to the
wise - any Coordinator who opposes the Asylum Policy needs to be evaluated for
fitness to continue in that position. If only dictators historically oppose
Asylum, then the chances are that the coordinator who opposes Asylum is
also a dictator.
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