New limited-edition U2 t-shirt launched to mark human rights day – News

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Hard Rock project will benefit Amnesty’s human rights work

Amnesty International,

Hard Rock has launched a new limited-edition U2 t-shirt to mark international human rights day (10 December) and raise funds for Amnesty International.

U2 joins a legendary roster of rock icons – including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon – as part of Hard Rock’s “Signature Series”, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.

The “U2 Signature Series: Edition 30″ t-shirt is being produced through a partnership between EDUN LIVE and Hard Rock, and will be available online and in Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, New York and Dublin, with 15% of the retail price benefitting Amnesty. It will be available in Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide from February 2013.

The U2 Signature Series t-shirt is printed on a navy blue EDUN Live t-shirt made from 100% African cotton (image available).

The shirt, which costs £20.45, features an image of an electric guitar with angel wings, emblazoned with the words “JUSTICE,” “HUMANITY” and “EQUALITY.” A barbed wire is seen wrapped around the neck of the guitar. The back of the t-shirt bears the signatures of each member of U2 – singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.

U2’s The Edge said:

“I hope this t-shirt generates loads of cash for Amnesty International and their tireless work towards the release of prisoners of conscience all around the world.

“Plus there’s a guitar on it – so it’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.”

Amnesty International Campaigns & Communications Director Thomas Schultz-Jagow said:

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“We are thrilled that U2, Hard Rock and EDUN have generously offered to support Amnesty International in this high-profile way.

“We have a history of working with all three, and the combined power of us all coming together on this project will make a huge difference by raising awareness of our human rights work around the world.”

Hard Rock International’s Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy Annie Balliro said:

“We are proud to support Amnesty International and aid in the fight for human rights worldwide through the Signature Series programme.

“Hard Rock is honoured to have U2, legendary musicians and dedicated activists, join with us to raise funds and awareness for such an important organisation.”

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Bono to present Amnesty award to Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – News

(CBS/AP) Bono will present Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s highest honor when she visits Dublin next month as part of her first international tour in 24 years.

Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Dublin on June 18, a day after collecting her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel in 1991, and Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience award in 2009. She was unable to claim either award in person until now because she was under house arrest for 15 of the last 24 years and, even when free, afraid to leave Burma in case the country’s military junta barred her return.

Bono devoted a series of U2’s 2009 concerts to Suu Kyi, demanding her release from house arrest, and unveiled the Amnesty award at one of the band’s Dublin concerts that year. He said the June 18 event would be the first time he’s ever met the 66-year-old pro-democracy activist.

“It’s so rare to see grace trump military might, and when it happens we should make the most joyful noise we can,” Bono said in a prepared statement. “Aung San Suu Kyi’s grace and courage have tilted a wobbly world further in the direction of democracy. We all feel we know her, but it will be such a thrill to meet her in person.”

Suu Kyi was elected to Parliament last month.

She is expected to visit Dublin solely to be guest of honor at the concert, called Electric Burma. Others taking part are Bob Geldof, Vanessa Redgrave and singer-songwriter Damien Rice.

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