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Ireland Honors Myanmar's Suu Kyi, Rock Legends U2

Reuters
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland paid tribute to human rights and rock music on Saturday, bestowing the honorary freedom of Dublin on Nobel prize winning Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Irish rock legends U2.

"In honoring Suu Kyi, we are acknowledging the personal sacrifices this brave woman has made for the people of Burma (Myanmar) and highlighting the unacceptable human rights violations carried out by the military regime there," Lord Mayor Mary Freehill said at a ceremony, part of the city's St Patrick's festival.

Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her work for democracy in Myanmar. She won the country's last election in 1990 but was never allowed to take office.

Her son, Kim Aris, accepted the award on her behalf.

"My mother would like to say that she is greatly honored. We feel that it is an especially touching award as it is symbolic of the city opening its heart to her," he said.

The four members of U2 -- Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen -- and their manager Paul McGuinness were honored for their musical achievements and for their work for good causes and the people of Dublin.

"I'd have thought people would be sick of U2 by now," Bono said before the band performed an impromptu concert to thousands in Dublin's Smithfield market. "It's still moving to come home and see the amount of goodwill toward us."



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