In January 2011, tens of thousands of people took to Avenue Bourguiba in downtown Tunis, demanding the departure of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled over the country for 23 years. Marred by years of human rights abuses including torture, Ben Ali stepped down and fled to exile in Saudi Arabia.
The revolution inspired similar uprisings across the Middle East that collectively became known as the Arab Spring. By the end of 2011, the governments in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were swept away by popular revolts, in an unprecedented show of people power.
Tunisia later organised elections, adopted a new constitution, and in 2015 the National Dialogue Quartet, a group of four civil society organisations - who had played a major part in ensuring the country's transition to democracy - were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In presenting Making Peace along Avenue Bourguiba, we pay tribute to the courage of the Tunisian people, as well as organisations such as the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), and the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR) - both key partners of Making Peace - in helping to build a safer and more sustainable future for Tunisia.