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article image'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 3: Assange & Tunisian president (video)

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By Anne Sewell     May 1, 2012 in World
London - Episode 3 of the controversial talk show series by Julian Assange features an interview with the current president of Tunisia, President Moncef Marzouki.
The infamous interview show hosted by Julian Assange continues this week with Assange speaking to Tunisia's first post-revolution leader. Discussion is on the West's double-standards in protecting human rights.
Tunisia is where the Arab Spring originated and their revolution gave impetus to people in other Arab countries to protest for democracy, freedom and their basic human rights.
It has been said that the final straw in the country was the release by WikiLeaks of diplomatic cables describing the past President and his family as a mafia turning the country into a police state.
A former human rights activist, President Moncef Marzouki was imprisoned during the term of the previous president and kept in solitary confinement, which he perceives as torture.
On election as Head of State in Tunisia, Marzouki vowed to end all human rights violations in the country.
The subject of torture, and the double standards of the West on this issue, is one of the main topics in this episode.
In the interview, Marzouki talks about how he was invited to the U.S. to speak on the human rights situation in Tunisia with a man that he believes was involved in the Guantanamo controversy. He turned the invitation down and states: “You cannot take seriously somebody who was implicated in torture in his own country. And then this guy is going to give you some lesson about how to promote human rights in Tunisia. This is why I did not accept to meet him.”
President Marzouki discusses torture with Assange and how he now has to deal with the people who imprisoned him as part of his every day life in ruling the country. He says he is not interested in pursuing revenge. He will open the Tunisian Secret Service archives, but only in the interests of history and not in the pursuit of revenge. He states that it is important to forget and to move on.
Discussions are then about relations between Tunisia and Syria and Marzouki's standing on the issues there. Marzouki states he does not support any kind of intervention in Syria.
Marzouki discusses how difficult it is to be head of state, but that his values are the same when it comes to human rights.
In closing, Marzouki thanks Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for their assistance in revealing human rights abuses in the country and welcomes him to visit Tunisia at any time.
View the entire interview between Assange and Marzouki in the video above.
"The World Tomorrow" is broadcast live every Tuesday on RT at 11:30 GMT and published on Digital Journal as soon as the video is available.
Previous episodes are as follows:
Episode 1: Julian Assange 'The World Tomorrow' Episode 1 — Hassan Nasrallah
Episode 2: Assange — 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 2: Zizek & Horowitz (Video)
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