Press TV: Delegation investigates US role in TunisiaPosted: June 24, 2011
A report issued by a group of international lawyers and academics who recently visited Tunisia warns that the U.S. and other Western governments must respect Tunisian sovereignty and not interfere in the country’s path to democracy. Commondreams.org
National Lawyers Guild attorney Thomas Nelson told Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Wednesday that the delegation was formed mostly because “after the Tunisian revolution broke out, it became clear that there were a lot of pressure being applied” to the country.
Nelson said the National Lawyers Guild was asked “to send a delegation to Tunisia to examine the role of the United States and other Western countries both in the pre-revolution times and to take a look at the revolution itself”.
He told the U.S. Desk that the National Lawyers Guild wanted “to try and monitor what the United States and other Western countries do in Tunisia and whether those actions will further or hinder the ongoing development of the revolution.”
Nelson said the National Lawyers Guild, founded in 1937, comprises of “a group of progressive attorneys in the United States that gets involved in these kinds of international matters.”
From March 12 to 19, 2011, a delegation — which included members of the U.S.-based National Lawyers Guild as well as attorneys from the UK and Turkey — visited Tunisia at the invitation of the Tunisian National Bar Association. Commondreams.org