Kim Jong Un is hardly a man short on accolades – the problem is, most are given out by the North Korean state. Later this year, however, the North Korean leader will finally gain some international recognition, joining the likes of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and India’s Mahatma Gandhi in receiving a statesmanship award from an Indonesian-based organization.
The accolade, given out by the Bali-based Sukarno Education Foundation, honors Kim for his “peace, justice and humanity,” Agence France Presse reports. The North Korean leader is due to receive the award in September.
If you don’t equate Kim with “peace, justice and humility,” that’s understandable. North Korea is nicknamed the “hermit kingdom” for its isolation, and after three generations and almost 70 years of the Kim family dynasty, much of the world knows the country better for its violence, repression and cruelty. Last year, a United Nations investigation accused the country of human rights abuses “without any parallel in the contemporary world,” pointing towards Nazi Germany to find a suitable comparison.