U2 Awarded by Amnesty International

Published: 2005-12-12
The ever politically conscious band U2 has won a prestigious award from humanitarian organization Amnesty International.

U2 is the recipient of the 2005 Ambassador of conscious award. Irene Khan, secretary general for Amnesty says, "From Live Aid in 1985 and Amnesty International's 1986 'Conspiracy of Hope' tour, through to Live 8 this past July, U2 has arguably done more than any other band to highlight the cause of global human rights in general and Amnesty International's work in particular. Their leadership in linking music to the struggle for human rights and human dignity worldwide has been ground-breaking and unwavering. They have inspired and empowered millions with their music and by speaking out on behalf of the poor, the powerless and the oppressed."

Bono is known for his outspoken stance on many political subjects even challenging our own Prime Minister to a few humanitarian causes in the past.
According to the Amnesty website, "The Award, inspired by a poem written for Amnesty International by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney, aims to promote the work of the organization by association with the life, work and example of its 'Ambassadors', who have done so much to inspire and uplift."

U2 is currently on a world tour behind their 2004 release How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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