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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet awarded 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (NDQ) has been awarded prestigious 2015 Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony held in Oslo, Norway.

The award was collected by Trade unionist Hassine Abassi, human rights activist Abdessatar Ben Moussa, Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh and Ouided Bouchamaoui.

Earlier in October 2015, Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected NDQ for the prestigious award for its decisive contribution in building pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the 2011 Jasmine Revolution (It is birth place of Arab Spring).  It is also credited with creating a dialogue between the country’s Islamist and secular coalition parties.

NDQ consists following 4 organisations in Tunisian civil society. They are

  • Tunisian General Labour Union.
  • Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts.
  • Tunisian Human Rights League.
  • Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

NDQ was established in 2013 as an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when Tunisia was on the brink of civil war aftermath of revolution. It was formed at a time when the revolution that overthrew President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 appeared to be unravelling.

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National Dialogue Quartet wins 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

National Dialogue Quartet (NDQ) in Tunisia has won prestigious 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected NDQ for its decisive contribution in building pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the 2011 Jasmine Revolution.

NDQ was established in 2013 as an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when Tunisia was on the brink of civil war aftermath of revolution.

NDQ consists following 4 organisations in Tunisian civil society

  • Tunisian General Labour Union.
  • Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts.
  • Tunisian Human Rights League.
  • Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

After the Tunisian Arab Spring (Jasmine Revolution) in 2010-2011, NDQ paved the way for a peaceful dialogue between the citizens.

NDQ was also instrumental in establishing a constitutional system of government in Tunisia by guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, religious belief or political conviction.

About Jasmine Revolution

  • It was an intensive campaign of civil resistance including a series of street demonstrations against the long authoritarian rule of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
  • The events of revolution began in December 2010 and led to the ousting Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011.
  • Jasmine Revolution eventually led to a thorough democratization of the country and led to successful free and democratic elections.
  • Arab Spring: It should be noted that Tunisia was birth place of Arab Spring which later spread to many parts of the Arab world including in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
  • In every country except Tunisia the revolution had turned violent. In case of Syria it turned into civil war.

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