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Thursday, December 10, 1998 Published at 23:37 GMT


Stars shine for amnesty

Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Youssou N'Dour perform in Paris

Rock veteran Bruce Springsteen joined British band Radiohead and Canadian singer Alanis Morissette for a concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The award-winning Radiohead played in public for the first time in eight months .

They appeared before a 16,000-strong crowd at Paris's Bercy Stadium for the Amnesty International concert The Struggle Continues.

Mark Ogle, media director for Amnesty International said: "It has been an absolutely fantastic night. The whole thing has been incredible. "It has been a great night for music and human rights."

Radiohead last played in April in the US to round off their world tour and their last British date was back in November 1997.

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour and Tracy Chapman were also on the bill, for the concert organised by pressure group Amnesty International and the UK retailer, The Body Shop.

[ image: Bruce Springsteen celebrates 50 years]
Bruce Springsteen celebrates 50 years
The concert was part of a week of events to mark the anniversary of the declaration, and marks 10 years since Gabriel, Chapman and N'Dour took part in Amnesty's Human Rights Now tour.

Peter Gabriel, a veteran of Amnesty's human rights shows a decade ago, said earlier: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a very powerful document.

"People need to know the rights their government have accepted yet frequently ignore and abuse. It should be a great night."

The concert coincided with a summit of world leaders in Paris to discuss human rights.

[ image: The Dalai Lama accompanied by Amnersty International's Pierre Sane salutes the crowd]
The Dalai Lama accompanied by Amnersty International's Pierre Sane salutes the crowd
Many high profile human rights figures - including South African President Nelson Mandela, Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Dalai Lama - took part in the ceremony or sent messages.

At the close of the ceremony, French President Jacques Chirac called for a new worldwide legal order

Surrounded by human rights activists and dignitaries, Mr Chirac said: "In France and outside our borders, we need the vigilance and courage of human rights activists more than ever.

"So that globilisation takes place for everyone's benefit we must lay the foundations for a new worldwide legal order."

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