Foun­da­tion de­fends award­ing Kim Jong Un peace prize

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

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.

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