Saturday 19 August 2017

Nobel prize win for Tunisian group recognises nation as a beacon of hope in Arab world

A Tunisian woman celebrates during the Jasmine Revolution of 2011
A Tunisian woman celebrates during the Jasmine Revolution of 2011
Wided Bouchamaoui, a member of the Nobel-prize-winning Tunisian group

Mary Fitzgerald

Rising above Oslo's picturesque waterfront, the red brick twin towers of its City Hall are one of the Norwegian capital's best-known landmarks. Not simply an administrative building, the City Hall is also where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year.

Inside its main chamber, amid colourful murals depicting the Norwegian resistance against Nazi occupation, the prize named after Alfred Nobel - the man who invented dynamite - has been bestowed on a host of dissidents, activists, politicians and institutions.

A nearby museum documents the Nobel Peace Prize winners since the prize was first awarded in 1901, among them five from the island of Ireland.

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