Tunisian national dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

2015 Nobel prize

The Tunisian national dialogue quartet has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to establish a constitutional system of government in the aftermath of the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Announcing the award the committee says the Quartet is honoured for its work in helping ensure Tunisia’s post-Arab Spring direction was broadly peaceful and democratic.

The quartet was made up of Tunisian Labour Union, the Confederation of Industry, the Human Rights League and the Order of Lawyers.

Here is the full citation from the Nobel committee.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratization process was in danger of collapsing as a result of political assassinations and widespread social unrest. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war.

It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.

Tunisia faces significant political, economic and security challenges. The Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes that this year’s prize will contribute towards safeguarding democracy in Tunisia and be an inspiration to all those who seek to promote peace and democracy in the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world. More than anything, the prize is intended as an encouragement to the Tunisian people, who despite major challenges have laid the groundwork for a national fraternity which the Committee hopes will serve as an example to be followed by other countries.”

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