03 September 2008
Ambassador of Conscience
Edge will present Peter Gabriel with Amnesty International's 'Ambassador of Conscience' award in London next week.
U2 are previous winners of the award and first teamed up with Peter Gabriel on human rights campaigning for the Conspiracy of Hope Tour in 1986. Later Gabriel founded Witness, a video community campaigning for Human Rights and more recently The Elders a private alliance of senior global figures to launch diplomatic assaults on the globe's most intractable problems.
"Peter has been at the vanguard of the struggle for human rights and justice around the world for nearly a quarter of a century" said Bill Shipsey of Art for Amnesty, 'All of his wonderful work, not just with Amnesty, could justify his selection as an Ambassador of Conscience'.
The Ambassador of Conscience Award recognizes exceptional individual leadership and witness in the fight to protect and promote human rights. It was inspired by a poem written for Amnesty International by Seamus Heaney and aims to promote the work of Amnesty through the example of its 'Ambassadors' 'who have done so much to inspire and uplift'.
The presentation, on September 10th, will also mark the launch of Amnesty's global Small Places Tour 2008
, its most ambitious global music and human rights project since the Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988.