UN salutes Tunisia civil society quartet on Nobel Peace Prize win

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

The awarding of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize to a group of four civil society organizations that contributed to building democracy in Tunisia has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet brought together different sectors of society at a time when the democracy process appeared to be in danger of collapsing two years after the "Jasmine Revolution" of 2011.

Its members represented trade unions, industry, human rights defenders and lawyers.

Dianne Penn reports.

For the UN Secretary-General, the Nobel Peace Prize salutes all those who gave birth to the Arab Spring, the democratic uprising which began in Tunisia and spread to other countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

Ban Ki-moon said that although the "great hopes" of the Arab Spring gave way to "grave doubts," Tunisia has managed to avoid what he called "the disappointment and dashed hopes that have tragically emerged elsewhere."

The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet helped drive the change the Tunisian people demanded, he added.

It also has been central to the country's stability, integrity and pursuit of justice.

Meanwhile, the head of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, called the award "a tribute" to all civil society groups which fight for democracy and the rule of law.

Irina Bokova said Tunisia represents hope for the Arab world and beyond, and the Nobel Prize win is an incentive for the international community to give its full support to the country.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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