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Saturday 22 September 2018

'Strip Aung San Suu Kyi of Freedom of Dublin award' - U2

Bono and The Edge Pic: Getty
Bono and The Edge Pic: Getty

U2 have called on Dublin City Council to remove Aung San Suu Kyi's Freedom of Dublin award - but unlike Bob Geldof have not said they will be handing their own award back.

In a letter to city councillors, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullin Jnr and Adam Clayton have condemned Ms Suu Kyi's "failure to defend human rights".

Ms Suu Kyi has faced widespread criticism over her country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

The letter comes a day before a council vote on whether to remove the Freedom of the City from Ms Suu Kyi. Last month, musician and Live Aid founder Geldof handed back the award bestowed on him for similar reasons.

However, it is understood that U2 have no plans to follow suit.

Special

"Of the various 'awards' - deserved or not - we've been lucky enough to receive over the years, this is by far the one that means the most to us," the letter read. "It was also special because we'd been so moved by the strength and fortitude shown by Aung San Suu Kyi in then-Burma.

"We were campaigning for her release and were proud of Dublin's recognition of her courage, and that of her colleagues, to bring about fledgling democracy against all odds… against one of the most brutal regimes of modern times.

"So it saddens us to be writing to you today as you discuss recent events in Myanmar and decide whether that merits the rescinding of the honour you bestowed on her. We believe it does," it added.

The band added that they felt compelled to write to councillors, given the ultimate decision lies with them.

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