Foundation defends awarding Kim Jong Un peace prize
A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honoring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as “Western propaganda.”
Rachmawati Sukarnoputri confirmed the leader would receive an award from her organization, the Sukarno Education Foundation, in September for his “peace, justice and humanity.”
The decision to award the autocrat such an accolade — handed in the past to such freedom icons as Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi — has made headlines and triggered an outpouring of ridicule and disbelief.
But Sukarnoputri brushed aside questions of Kim’s suitability for the award, saying the young leader “should be honored for his fight against neo-colonialist imperialism.”
“The allegations about human rights abuses are untrue,” she told AFP.
“That’s all just Western propaganda. Those Western governments like to put ugly labels on North Korea.”
Her father, Indonesia’s first president Sukarno, established early ties with North Korea back in the 1950s.
Jakarta has maintained open relations with Pyongyang ever since. In April President Joko Widodo hosted a delegation from the reclusive state as part of an international conference.