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.
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.
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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