Saturday 26 May 2018

Bono pays tribute to Burma's Suu Kyi ahead of Dublin concert

ROCK star Bono will join fellow aid campaigner Bob Geldof in a special tribute event to honour Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The U2 frontman will present the Nobel Peace Prize laureate with Amnesty International's prestigious Ambassador of Conscience award at a public concert in Dublin next month.

"It's so rare to see grace trump military might and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can," Bono said.

"Aung San Suu Kyi's grace and courage has tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy.

"We all feel we know her, but it will be such a thrill to meet her in person. How honoured we are that she should consider Ireland for her first real trip from home."

Ms Suu Kyi has agreed to attend the Electric Burma event the day after delivering her acceptance speech in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991.

The lifelong democracy campaigner is expected to address a crowd of supporters outside the Dublin venue on the night.

Ms Suu Kyi has been unable to collect either honour having been under house arrest or in prison for 15 of the last 24 years. This will be her first trip to Europe since 1988.

Sir Bob said it was an honour to be asked to be involved in the concert.

"To be allowed to honour this woman is an honour in itself. The heroine of dignity, integrity, courage and steely moral vigour lost her freedom and her family in order to gain a nation. Ireland is ennobled by her visit," he said

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