Kim Jong-Un will be awarded for his commitment in favor of “peace, justice and humanity”. The same dictator that months ago has put one of his officials to death with a cannon shot for falling asleep in his presence. The initiative is of Sukarno Indonesian foundation which has denied any human rights violation in North Korea. The prize, born from the initiative of a group guided by one of the daughters of the first president of the Asian country, has been given in the past to different personalities of global importance, among whom Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi.
If someone thinks this is a moment of folly will have to change his mind: In 2001 Sukarno Foundation has already given a posthumous prize to Kim’s father, Kim Il sung, who has reigned over the country. Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, Sukarno’s daughter, has declared that we need to tear apart the veil of criticism that has struck North Korea, a country where, she claims, there is no risk of human rights violation,contrary to what United Nation declared last year. In her opinion, it is a western propaganda operation. On the contrary “Kim Jong-un should be esteemed for his fight against imperialism and neocolonialism”. Sukarnoputri has also reminded that her father had guided an independence movement before he become president for 22 years in a row.
The two States, North Korea and Indonesia, have had bilateral relations since 50’s, precisely when Kim I Sung had the throne and the president Sukarno was elected. That Indonesian prize for peace is not the only prize that could be considered “out of the box”. The Confucius Prize for peace, launched by Beijing in 2010, has already awarded Fidel Castro. Libya had the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, previously won by Hugo Chavez and by Palestine children.
Translated by Ecaterina Severin