Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

It earned the prize for ‘its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia’.

The Nobel Peace Prize. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced that it has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 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 committee states that the Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when the democratisation 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 quartet comprised four key organisations in Tunisian civil society, namely, the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

The committee says these organisations represent different sectors and values in Tunisian society: working life and welfare, principles of the rule of law and human rights.

"On this basis, the Quartet exercised its role as a mediator and driving force to advance peaceful democratic development in Tunisia with great moral authority. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is awarded to this Quartet, not to the four individual organizations as such."

The prize, worth eight around $972,000, will be presented in Oslo on 10 December.