Tunisian Dialog Quartet Wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: Oct 9 2015, 4:09am CDT | by , in Latest Political News


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Tunisian Dialog Quartet wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize
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Today the Nobel Peace Prize 2015 has been announced.

The Nobel Committee announced the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize today at 11am CET in Oslo.

The Nobel Peace Prize wins this year Tunisian Dialog Quartet. The National Dialogue Quartet received the Peace Prize 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 National Dialogue Quartet has comprised four key organizations in Tunisian civil society: 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).

These organizations 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 Nobel Committee avoided to pick a prominent winner. Names that circulated in the hours before the announcement included Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and Edward Snowden.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has received 273 candidates for the 2015 Peace. The list includes 68 organizations and 205 people. The Nobel Peace prize will be announced by Kaci Kullmann Five, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

The announcement of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize will be streamed live online on the Nobel Prize site. If the Youtube player does not work, use the link to the Flash Player. This has worked for me in the past days.

The 2015 Peace Nobel Prize will close out this week of Nobel Prize announcements. On Monday is an encore with the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Economic sciences (1pm CET, Monday Oct. 12).

The Nobel Prize is awarded since 1901. the Nobel Prize has been honoring men and women from all corners of the globe for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and for work in peace. In 1895 Alfred Nobel wrote his last will, leaving much of his wealth to the establishment of the Nobel Prize. Nobel is the inventor of dynamite and holder of 355 patents. He was born in 1833 and died 1896.

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