The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 is awarded the triumph of the Arab spring, namely the national Quartet of Tunisia dialogue, country in which originated the democratic uprising in 2010. He is also an award for its civil society. Then when it was threatened, in the summer of 2013, complied this grouping composed of the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Confederation of industry, trade and handicraft of Tunisia, the Human Rights League and the Tunisian order of lawyers.
“Their decisive contribution to the construction of a plural democracy in Tunisia following the jasmine revolution in 2011” is the reason why the Norwegian Nobel Committee has granted the award among the 273 candidates this year, as announced by its President, Kaci Kullmann Five, this morning in Oslo. Thus “The Quartet established an alternative and peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war,” he added.
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The Committee stresses, without giving names, that while the Arab spring infected is rapidly to other countries, many of them struggle for democracy and human rights is stopped or has suffered major setbacks, while Tunisia “has witnessed a democratic transition based on a vibrant civil society that demands respect for basic human rights”, said the President.
The Quartet, also played a key role in the recent democratic elections in Tunisia, “paving the way for a peaceful dialogue between citizens, political parties and authorities, and helped find solutions based on the consensus for a wide range of challenges to political and religious divisions”. This role is comparable to the “peace congresses”, mentioned in the last will of Alfred Nobel as one of the requirements to receive the most prestigious prize in the world.
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But in addition, the Committee justifies the award with the hope that this safeguard democracy in Tunisia, which case considered “unique and remarkable”, because “it shows that secular and Islamic political movements can work together; and that civil society institutions and organizations can play a crucial role in democratic processes, since these still being threatened can lead to free elections and the peaceful transfer of power.”
In addition, it aspires to that serve as “inspiration for all those who seek to promote peace and democracy in Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world”, and aims to encourage the Tunisians to their fraternity as an example and other countries follow her.