North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is no stranger to dubious accolades and has already been crowned Supreme Military Commander, National Defence Chairman and First Secretary of the Worker’s Party. This week, it emerged that Mr Kim is to receive yet another prestigious title – though for once it has not been bestowed by the North Korean state.
Instead he is in line for an international award extolling his “peace, justice and humanity” thanks to an Indonesian charity.
It is the second unusual award to be bestowed upon the North Korean leader, who was crowned TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in 2012 after the public vote was hijacked by internet pranksters. The new appointment has sparked an onslaught of ridicule and disbelief, forcing Indonesia’s Sukarno Education Foundation to defend itself.
They have dismissed criticism as “Western propaganda,” and insist claims the North Korean dictator has an appalling human rights record are fabricated. “The allegations about human rights abuses are untrue,” said Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, who runs the Sukarno Education Foundation.