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The star's work in campaigning for human rights is acknowledged...

STING has been honoured by the Chilean government for his work in campaigning for human rights.

According to the BBC, the ex-Police mainman was in Santiago yesterday (January 15) to be awarded with a medal, founded in honour of the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral.

Sting is well known in Chile for penning ‘They Dance Alone’ in the ’80s, a song inspired by the mothers of those who went missing under the rule of Chile’s military leader, General Augusto Pinochet.

On giving the award, the country’s Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear said: “Sting made an important contribution to informing the world about our country’s situation in prior decades”.