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Bono to Meet with Myanmar Political Activist Aung San Suu Kyi

Bono and Suu Kyi
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Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was recently freed after nearly 15 years of house arrest and allowed to collect her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in person, is having a pretty good week — and it’s set to continue today (June 18), when she flies to Dublin on Bono’s private jet for an all-star Amnesty International concert.

The U2 frontman is no stranger to Suu Kyi’s decades of political activism; he dedicated the band’s song ‘Walk On,’ released as a single from the ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ album, to her, and celebrated her long-sought freedom with a message on the band’s website.

“It’s so rare to see grace trump military might, and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can,” wrote Bono. “Aung San Suu Kyi’s grace and courage has tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy.”

Suu Kyi’s trip to Dublin marks her first foray outside Myanmar in a quarter century. It is part of a busy European tour that brought her to Oslo over the weekend to accept her Nobel Peace Prize and will include a stop in Britain tomorrow — which is also her 67th birthday. (After tonight’s concert, she’s expected to receive a birthday serenade from 5,000 people at a public event.)

The Amnesty International show, dubbed ‘Electric Burma,’ will follow the annual Oslo Forum talks, during which Suu Kyi and Bono will join other speakers in discussing the spread of democracy and “share practical experience of mediating between parties in conflict,” according to Norway’s foreign ministry.

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