Bono to present Amnesty award to Suu Kyi in Dublin

Bono to present Amnesty award to Suu Kyi in Dublin

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Bono to present Amnesty award to Suu Kyi in Dublin

Suu Kyi will visit Dublin on June 18. Bono will present her with Amnesty International’s highest honor. AFP photo

Bono will present Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s highest honor, when she visits Dublin next month as part of her first international tour in 24 years.

Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Dublin on June 18, a day after collecting her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel in 1991, and Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009. She was unable to claim either award in person until now because she was under house arrest for 15 of the past 24 years and, even when free, afraid to leave Myanmar in case the country’s military junta barred her return.

Bono devoted a series of U2’s 2009 concerts to Suu Kyi, demanding her release from house arrest, and unveiled the Amnesty award at one Dublin concert that year. He said the June 18 event would be the first time he has ever met the 66-year-old pro-democracy activist.

“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. “Suu Kyi’s grace and courage have 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.”

Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament in Myanmar, also known as Burma, last month; took her seat May 2; and launched an international tour on May 22 starting in neighboring Thailand. She’s also scheduled to address both houses of the British Parliament during her European tour next month.

She is expected to visit Dublin to be guest of honor at the concert, called Electric Burma.