Stockholm, Oct 9 () - The 2015 Peace Nobel Prize was awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia, declared on Oct. 8.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the National Dialogue Quartet was awarded “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” the announcement said.
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is known to comprise four key organizations: The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA, Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie).