North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a photo session in Pyongyang
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October 9, 2015 5:07 AM EDT

Kim Jong Un, the despotic leader of impoverished North Korea, accepted a global statesperson award from Indonesia’s Sukarno Center on Thursday. Past recipients of this honor include Mohandas Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson — the latter sharing the 2010 prize with the Dalai Lama.

Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of Indonesia’s autocratic first president after whom the award is named, invoked Kim’s grandfather to explain why the supreme leader won this year’s prize for “carrying out the ideals of the great leader Kim Il Sung, which is to fight imperialism,” the UPI reported.

On the other hand, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has accused Kim’s regime of “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” that in some instances “entailed crimes against humanity.”

An Indonesian delegate delivered the award at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, just ahead of celebrations on Saturday for the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party, the ruling party led by the Kim dynasty.

Hundreds of tents, trucks and armored vehicles have already assembled in the country’s capital for the mass parade.

[UPI]

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