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Nobel Peace Prize 2015 is awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia

(OSLO - NRK) The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 is awarded to the Tunisian national dialog quartet.

Nobelpris-vinnerne 2015

A photo taken on September 21, 2013 shows Tunisian mediators (LtoR) the President of the Tunisian employers union (UTICA), Wided Bouchamaoui, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi (L) , President of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), Abdessattar ben Moussa and the president of the National Bar Association, Mohamed Fadhel Mahmoud at a press conference in Tunis. Tunisian national dialogue mediators won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

Foto: FETHI BELAID / Afp

Read this article in Norwegian: Den tunisiske dialogkvartetten får Nobels fredspris for 2015

The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia was announced as this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureates by the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullman Five. They were among some 273 contenders for the prestigious prize.

Nobelkomiteens leder Kaci Kullmann Five kunngjør hvem som får årets fredspris

Watch the Nobel announcement here in english here.

The Quartet receives the 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, Five said in a statement.

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) t
  • the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme)
  • the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie).

Read the full press release from the committee here.

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