Nobel Committee recognise the heroes of the aftermath of the Tunisian Arab Spring.
The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a coalition of civil society organisations, has won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
Alyn Smith SNP, member of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, who recently returned from an official delegation to Tunisia, welcomed the news from Oslo recognising the contribution of civil society to the country's peaceful, democratic transition.
“This is a victory, not only for the Tunisian Quartet, but also it should be seen as a recognition for the entire community of civil society movements around the world. The decision of the Nobel Committee in Oslo today highlights the importance of political dialogue in times when tensions are incredibly high. Tunisia was on the brink of civil war and it is safe to say that many lives were saved thanks to the work of a group of four organisations.
“The Quartet was central in the attempts to build a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia and the results of their work are there for all to see. It’s not to say that the transition in Tunisia is over – far from it - but the country is on the right track thanks to the peaceful political process initiated by the Quartet.
“Today’s award should also serve as a reminder that there is an alternative to war and bombing campaigns: political dialogue and political solutions are always possible to achieve.”