On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden met with the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winners, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (TNDQ), at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
The group received the prize for their:
“…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. It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war. It was thus instrumental in enabling Tunisia, in the space of a few years, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for the entire population, irrespective of gender, political conviction or religious belief.
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), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie). These organizations represent different sectors and values in Tunisian society: working life and welfare, principles of the rule of law and human rights.”
During this morning’s meeting His Majesty praised TNDQ’s “…role in the success of the democratic transition in Tunisia…an experience that has inspired admiration the world over…” according to Agence Tunis Afrique Presse.
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