LONDON (AFP) Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi is set to make the next stop on her European tour on Monday in Dublin where she will receive a rock star’s welcome from Irish singer and global rights campaigner Bono. The democracy icon has already visited Switzerland and Norway - where on Saturday she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to her in 1991 - and is scheduled to travel on to London and Paris.
It is Suu Kyi’s first time in Europe for 24 years, having spent much of the last two decades under house arrest. Her 17-day trip has been clouded, however, by fears over her health, after she was sick at a news conference in Bern, Switzerland on Thursday and was forced to cancel engagements that night owing to exhaustion. Meanwhile, in her home country, violence continues to shake western Myanmar where dozens of people have been killed and more than 30,000 people displaced by clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and stateless Muslim Rohingya. On Monday human rights group Amnesty International will host a concert in Suu Kyi’s honour at a 2,000-seater theatre in the Irish capital, where Bono is due to present her with the charity’s Ambassador of Conscience Award. The Irish musician and longstanding human rights campaigner, who is also due to sing at the event, first named Suu Kyi for the accolade during his band U2’s 2009 concert at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium. At that time she was confined to her home in Yangon.