On Friday, the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed its Nobel Peace Prize on an alliance of four civil society groups in Tunisia for their efforts in fostering democracy in the country that gave birth in 2011 to Arab Spring.
The four groups, which includes a labor union with over 1 million members, has worked in Tunisia to advance democracy, which still is struggling due to unrest but has made strides towards some reforms as other nations involved with Arab Spring face more violence, instability as well as the reemergence of dictatorships.
The groups from Tunisia, said the committee, made a contribution that was decisive in the building of democracy in the country following the 2011 Jasmine Revolution, the name the uprising was given that in turn sparked what became Arab Spring.
The committee added that more than anything else the prize was intended to encourage the people of Tunisia who have laid a most important groundwork a fraternity that the committee hopes can be followed in other countries.
The National Dialogue Quartet is made up of four organizations from the civil society of Tunisia including the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Handicrafts and Trade, the Tunisian General Labor Union, the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, and the Tunisian Human Rights League.
However, this award seemed more broadly to honor an entire nation that gave birth to Arab Spring after Mohamed Bouazizi a street vendor set himself ablaze December 17, 2010 in protest of his helplessness after the wares he had were confiscated by authorities.
Ali Zeddini the Tunisian Humans Right League vice president said he was astonished and happy. He added that he could not believe what was happing but acknowledged that the decision by Nobel comes during a time of stress and tension across Tunisia.
Tunisia has not seen much of the bloodshed that plagued the other areas of the Arab world since 2011 and the start of the uprisings across the region.
Attacks from fundamentalist Muslims on the liberal politicians polarized the society of Tunisia, and many worried the tin nation in North Africa would collapse.