Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony honors Tunisian democracy advocates

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 10 (UPI) — The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony was held Thursday, honoring the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet — winners of the prestigious award.

From left, Hassine Abassi, Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, Abdessattar Ben Moussa, Ouided Bouchamaoui attend the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony on Thursday in City Hall in Oslo as representatives of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quarter, winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The group was assembled in 2013 as democracy in the country was on the verge of collapse. Photo by Rune Hellestad/ UPI | License Photo
From left, Hassine Abassi, Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, Abdessattar Ben Moussa, Ouided Bouchamaoui attend the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony on Thursday in City Hall in Oslo as representatives of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quarter, winners of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The group was assembled in 2013 as democracy in the country was on the verge of collapse. Photo by Rune Hellestad/ UPI | License Photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Oct. 9 to the National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”

The Quartet is made up of four organizations: Tunisian General Labor Union, Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, Tunisian Human Rights League and Tunisian Order of Lawyers. The organizations represent different values and sectors in Tunisian society.

National Dialogue Quartet representatives Hassine Abassi, Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, Abdessattar Ben Moussa and Ouided Bouchamaoui were in Stockholm for the ceremony, which also was attended by the Norwegian royal family.

The National Dialogue Quartet, formed in the summer of 2013, was created as democracy was in the danger of collapse as a result of political and social unrest following the 2010-11 Arab Spring.

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By Andrew V. Pestano

Amy R. Connolly contributed to this report.

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