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Geldof to get human rights award
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof had a run of hits as singer with the Boomtown Rats
Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof is to receive a European human rights prize in recognition of his campaign efforts against Third World poverty.

The rock singer will receive the North-South award at a ceremony in Lisbon on Monday.

His citation lists his Band Aid work and the Make Poverty History campaign.

The annual award, made by the Council of Europe-backed North-South Centre, recognises "exceptional commitment" to human rights.

The award has been presented to two people each year since 1995, with Ethiopian women's rights activist Bogaletch Gebre sharing this year's prize with Geldof.

Worldwide concerts

The pair will receive their awards from the President of the Portuguese Assembly, Jaime Gama, at the Portuguese parliament.

The North-South Centre aims to "foster links between the different hemispheres".

It promotes the Council of Europe's values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law beyond the European continent.

Geldof has been named the 2005 Man of Peace by the Gorbachev Foundation, on behalf of the Nobel peace prize winners.

He organised the Live 8 concerts in July to raise awareness of the plight of Africans living in poverty.

The concerts were planned to coincide with the meeting of G8 leaders gathering in Scotland.

More than 150,000 watched the concert in London's Hyde Park, with nine other concerts held in Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Toronto, Moscow, Johannesburg and Tokyo.

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