Members of U2 were honored with Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience” award for 2005.
The ceremony was attended by President-elect Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s first female leader, whose inauguration is next month.
“You are a reminder to all of us that the world is not changed only by politicians and governments,” Bachelet told the musicians. “The world is changed by all of us.”
The award was given to Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton and manager Paul McGuinness.
After the Sunday ceremony, Bono met with relatives of political dissidents who disappeared during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
It was not the only distinction for Bono during U2’s stop in Chile for a concert Sunday night before a crowd of nearly 80,000 people expected in Santiago’s main soccer stadium.
He also received the country’s highest award for the arts, which is named after the late Chilean Nobel Prize laureate Pablo Neruda.