Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

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SHAFAQNA – A group of Tunisian trade unions, lawyers and human rights activists have won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

A collection of civil-society groups dubbed the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won the accolade on Friday for what organizers described as “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the quartet was instrumental in enabling Tunisia “to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief”.

Four key bodies in Tunisian civil society make up the quartet: the Tunisian General Labour Union; the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts; the Tunisian Human Rights League; and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

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