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U2's Album Banned In Burma
24 November 2000 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

U2's current album, All That You Can't Leave Behind has been banned in Burma because one of the tracks, Walk On, is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi - the country's pro-democracy leader who was recently placed under house arrest by the government, along with her National League colleagues.

Anyone found importing the album into Burma could face up to twenty years in prison.

U2's website (www.u2.com) details Burma's human rights record:

Burma's military dictatorship has one of the worst human rights records in the world:

- around 8 million men, women and children in forced labour each year
- an 'ethnic cleansing campaign' against half a million Shan, Karen and Karenni people
- more child soldiers than any other country in the world
- more than 1500 political prisoners

There is a short message on the site which the band encourage you to copy into the Foreign Office's feedback page at www.fco.gov.uk/feedback.asp.

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