Suu Kyi set to visit Dublin next month

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to visit Ireland next month to receive a prestigious human rights honour.

Campaigners have confirmed they are finalising plans for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to travel to Dublin, possibly on June 18, when she will be given Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award.

Plans are also afoot to stage a benefit concert or public event in her honourin Dublin city centre should she visit.

Insiders said one venue being considered for the event is the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in the Dublin docklands.

While the guest list is yet to be confirmed, it is understood Bono is likely to attend. The U2 frontman is a longstanding supporter of Ms Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the last two decades under house arrest due to her opposition to Burma’s military junta.

In 2009, the band dedicated an entire musical set at a concert in Croke Park to the 66-year-old and Bono gathered crowds of her supporters on stage wearing masks of her face.

Ms Suu Kyi is due to travel to Norway and Britain in mid-June, but organisers are trying to arrange a one-day visit to Ireland during her stay. This will be her first trip out of the Asian state in 24 years.

Ms Suu Kyi was sworn into parliament in Burma at the start of May, along with42 of her National League for Democracy colleagues.

The opposition leader follows in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and MaryRobinson in receiving Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience award.

Ms Suu Kyi was awarded the Freedom of Dublin City in 2000.

Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey confirmed arrangements are being made to facilitate the trip.

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