World freaks out as Kim Jong-Un set to receive international peace prize

By AFP
Published: August 4, 2015
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The decision to award the autocrat such an accolade has made headlines and triggered an outpouring of ridicule and disbelief. PHOTO: AFP

The decision to award the autocrat such an accolade has made headlines and triggered an outpouring of ridicule and disbelief. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA: The North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is all set to to receive an international peace prize, an accolade — handed in the past to such freedom icons as Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Indonesia’s Sukarno Education Foundation in September announced to honour Kim for his “peace, justice and humanity”

The decision to award the autocrat such an accolade has made headlines and triggered an outpouring of ridicule and disbelief.

A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has defended honouring North Korean leader 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 organisation.

But Sukarnoputri brushed aside questions of Kim’s suitability for the award, saying the young leader “should be honoured 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.

It is not the first time Rachmawati’s foundation has handed its top prize to a member of North Korea’s ruling family. In 2001 the award was posthumously given to Kim’s grandfather, the state’s founding father Kim Il Sung.

Rachmawati drew parallels between the younger Kim and her own father, the leader of Indonesia’s independence struggle who ruled the Southeast Asian archipelago until he was overthrown in 1965.

“Sukarno was also accused of being an evil dictator who violated human rights, but this was proven otherwise over time,” she said.

Rachmawati is also the younger sister of Megawati Sukarnoputri, Indonesia’s fifth president, who remains one of the country’s most powerful political figures.

Kim is known for his ruthlessness in dealing with even the most senior officials suspected of disloyalty, following the execution of his uncle and one-time political mentor Jang Song-Thaek in 2013.

South Korean intelligence reported in May that he had his defence minister shot to pieces with anti-aircraft fire for insubordination and dozing off during a formal military rally.

Foreigners detained by the North Korean authorities are habitually required to make public, officially-scripted pronouncements of their guilt in order to help secure their eventual release.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Karachiwala
    Aug 4, 2015 - 7:23PM

    if Obama can get a Nobel prize without doing anything, then what is wrong with this?Recommend

  • Alien1
    Aug 4, 2015 - 7:36PM

    wait a minute its not april 1st…is it?Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 4, 2015 - 9:12PM

    ET why are you biased against Kim? You are supposed to be neutral. Remember? Using negative adjectives with his name is not for you. Let the reader decide. Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Aug 4, 2015 - 9:36PM

    @Karachiwala! I adore your intellectual wisdom, you should be the member of Nobel peace prize committee.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 4, 2015 - 11:12PM

    There are times when one has to be the bigger person if progress is to be made……this looks like one such initiative.Recommend

  • Salman - SK
    Aug 5, 2015 - 1:45AM

    “Kim is known for his ruthlessness in dealing with even the most senior officials suspected of disloyalty, following the execution of his uncle and one-time political mentor Jang Song-Thaek in 2013.”
    Blacks are being executed, by the police in the U.S., point blank, and the sitting US President says little about it. The recent case of Sandra Bland merits our notice wherein a person stopped for an alleged insignificant traffic violation (failure to give signal when changing lanes) is arrested, handcuffed, and is later found hung in her jail cell. Rachmawati is right; the Western governments show themselves as paradigm of human rights, but in effect condone the grossest of human and civil rights violations. If high level generals and ministers are meted out severest punishment for violations of their own rules in North Korea, that is their internal matter, but at least shows equal treatment of their citizens. Recommend

  • prashanth
    Aug 5, 2015 - 5:25AM

    Why not? When Henry Kissinger, Shemon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat can get one!Recommend

  • Id
    Aug 5, 2015 - 5:45AM

    @Karachiwala Obama deserves it now certainly. He has spent years trying to restore diplomatic relations with Iran and Cuba, ending decades old political enmity with the two countries. His leadership will open the economies of Iran and Cuba, allowing global investors to resume business and provide much relief to their people and may change the way they think of the USA. Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Aug 5, 2015 - 7:08AM

    @najeebullah
    Thanks for at least recognozing my talent.
    I m not interested though.
    @ld
    All that what happened to obama policies towards middleeast, i think you should read your words again. Apart from fact, that he was awarded merwly for hope…when he started as president…not after cuba or iran drama.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 5, 2015 - 8:29AM

    @Karachiwala:

    You nailed it broRecommend

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