Stings Back To Bass tour in early 2012 will provide a platform for Amnesty International to raise awareness on the organisations campaign against oil pollution and human rights abuse in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
For more than two decades, Sting has been a proud supporter of Amnesty International and their work to promote human rights worldwide. This longstanding relationship continues today, as Amnesty volunteers will organise information booths, highlighting their Niger Delta campaign, at each venue along his 2012 Back to Bass tour.
Source: Amnesty international, UK
The tour, which received very positive reviews across North America last year, extends throughout Europe, the UK and South Africa beginning February 5, 2012 with a sold-out concert at The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, then Manchester, Glasgow and finally London.
Stings support for Amnesty International began in 1981, when he performed at The Secret Policemens Other Ball benefit concert in London. Over the years, he has participated in several concert events, tours, and album recordings for the organisation. Most recently, he recorded a version of Bob Dylans Girl From The North Country for the compilation Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International, released in support of Amnestys human rights work.
This year, Amnesty volunteers along the Back to Bass tour will offer literature to concertgoers about the organisations Shell: Own Up, Pay Up, Clean Up petition, calling on Shell to pay an initial amount of £645m ($1billion) to establish a clean-up fund for the Niger Delta and to begin a process of compensation for the affected communities. The campaign is also calling for Shell and other multinational oil companies operating in the Delta to pay for a comprehensive assessment of the oil pollution in the whole of the area.
A recent report from the United Nations Environment Programme exposed severe oil contamination in the Niger Delta one of Africas most bio-diverse regions.
Jo Metcalf, Head of Art For Amnesty, said: ’We are really happy to be a part of Stings tour and hope to help bring attention to this important campaign.