CONCORD congratulates Tunisian civil society groups for the Nobel peace prize 2015.

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet – a democracy group – has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced.

The group of four organisations established “an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war,” the Committee said, referring to the period following Tunisia’s 2011 revolution.

The National Dialogue Quartet is made up of four key organisations in Tunisian civil society: the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT); the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA); the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH); and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers – with whom SOLIDAR (CONCORD NW) members have long standing working relations.

SOLIDAR congratulates the members of the Quartet for the decisive role they have played in the democratic transition in Tunisia, and in ensuring meaningful participation of Civil Society to national dialogue. SOLIDAR welcomes this award also as a recognition of the importance of meaningful civil and social dialogue for building and strengthening pluralistic democratic societies. And call upon the European Union to step up its efforts in favour of the defence of the space for civil society in the wider Middle East and North Africa and the rest of the world.

To know more about SOLIDAR work in the MENA region: http://solidar.org/Social-Justice-in-the-Middle-East.html

The laureates will receive their prizes at a ceremony in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the 1896 death of prize creator Alfred Nobel, a Swedish philanthropist and scientist.

VIDEO: Watch the moment the Tunisian national dialogue quartet wins the 2015 Nobel peace prize 

Source: The Guardian

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