The Irish rockers get an award in Chile
U2 have been honoured by human rights group Amnesty International at a ceremony in Chile.
The Irish band’s four members were named Ambassadors of Conscience at the National Stadium in Santiago de Chile, reports BBC News.
Amnesty International secretary general Irene Khan praised the group, fronted by anti-poverty campaigner Bono.
She said: “Their leadership in linking music to the struggle for human rights and human dignity worldwide has been groundbreaking 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.”
U2 were also praised for their efforts to promote the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, which has been featured prominently at all concerts on their current ‘Vertigo’ world tour.
The Ambassador Of Conscience award aims to promote the work of the human rights group through the example of its ambassadors.
The band chose to collect their honour at the National Stadium to remember those killed following a coup led by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973.
U2 played the stadium on Sunday night (February 26), withtheir set included ‘Mothers Of The Disappeared’ from the 1987 album ‘The Joshua Tree’. The song, not played live since the last time U2 played Chile back in 1998, refers to citizens in South American countries who went missing after being captured by military death squads.
The set in full was:
‘City Of Blinding Lights’
‘Until The End Of The World’
‘New Year’s Day’
‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’
‘The First Time’
‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’
‘Love And Peace Or Else’
‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
‘Bullet The Blue Sky’
‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’
‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
‘With Or Without You’
‘Mothers Of The Disappeared’
‘All I Want Is You’