By: Amna Guellali
human rights watch
There was a time Tunisia looked set to follow the path of many of the popular uprisings during the Arab Spring – first hope, then a decent into bloodshed and chaos.
What helped save Tunisia’s prospects was an extraordinary coming together of civil society groups that guided a national dialogue and charted a path to peace and reconciliation.
Today, the Tunisia Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a fitting acknowledgement of the pivotal role the group played in channeling the country’s revolutionary fervor toward a rights-respecting society, but also as much-needed message of hope in a region wracked by violence.