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Jakarta Post

Human rights concerns cloud North Korea’s leader visit to RI

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 14 2012   /  08:17 am

North Korea’s second-highest leader, Kim Yong-nam, arrived in Jakarta on Sunday afternoon for a four-day visit, prompting activists to call on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to help push for democratization and respect for human rights in the isolated state.

Presidential foreign affairs spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the state ceremony to welcome Kim, the president of North Korea’s Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, will be held at the Merdeka Palace on Tuesday morning followed by a bilateral meeting. Yudhoyono will host a state dinner at the Palace for Kim in the evening.

Kim, who is accompanied by three ministerial-level officials, is also slated to have meetings with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and leadership of the People’s Consultative Assembly. He is also scheduled to visit Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery in South Jakarta and ...