Adventures of the ‘Uzbek Princess’, or I’ll pay more to co-chair
Sharon Stone, Gulnara Karimova, Elton John and Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Vice-president of Chopard at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation charity evening, 2009. If Elton knew that homosexuality is illegal in Uzbekistan I doubt that he would really wish to take a picture with Googoosha. Photo Gulnarakarimova.com
Our fabulous “Uzbek Princess” uses every single oppotunity to become more popular using her power, money and title of “Her Excellency Ambassador.” In the end of May she made another step in popularizing herself — popular actors, singers, designers, film directors were not surprised to see her again. Glnara Karimova’s passion for glamourous events says it all.
May 20 was Gulnara Karimova’s Day of Glory: she finally attended the Cinema Against AIDS event at the Cannes Film Festival and co-chaired the event which was hosted by the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR). I’m saying ‘finally’ because her supporters made everything possible to keep her on the list of honorary participants.
The fight over a moral legitimacy of her participation has been taking place since an anti-AIDS activist Maksim had been jailed in Uzbekistan for his campaign for healthy way of life which was amoral for the government of Uzbekistan.
“And this happens in a country that has one of the world’s fastest-rising HIV infection rates?!” you would say. And would be correct in your madness.
As Guardian notes, about 16,000 cases of HIV were reported in 2009 – more than an 11-fold increase from 1,400 cases in 2001.
“Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation for the defence of journalists, is astonished to note the presence among you at this 7th annual event of Gulnara Karimova. The organisation recognises the evening’s valid and admirable character, but questions the appropriateness of the participation of the daughter of the Uzbek president, Islam Karimov, central Asia’s “outstanding” dictator.”
Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) letter to AmfAR.
RSF also pointed out that AmfAR headed by Liz Taylor, recently signed a petition to the US and the UN asking them to put pressure on the Uzbek government to release Popov. What a nice example of double standards, huh?
“We find it unconscionable that the donors who supported his vision and funded his work have abandoned him, and we are calling for concerted diplomatic efforts to secure his immediate release. The bilateral agencies, international donors, and NGOs that encouraged Mr. Popov’s work should take all possible steps to protect him and win his amnesty. The international fight against AIDS cannot succeed if local partners are forsaken when the political winds shift.”
Excerpt from an Open letter calling on international agencies
to support the release of Maksim Popov.
In response to the media rights group’s demands that Karimova should condemn the conviction of Maksim Popov and 11 journalists in Uzbekistan or leave the event in Cannes, AmfAR Executive Director Kevin Robert Frost said that Karimova had agreed “to take steps to clarify the situation and to work with AmfAR on the matter,” AFP reported.
Uznews says that that was “[...] where amfAR’s involvement in the fate of Popov who was jailed for seven years for fighting HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan, ends.”
I wonder how long will it take AmfAR to forget about its values and promises of Gulnara Karimova to “take steps” and help jailed activist? Will we get the same explanations through the year until another Cinema Against AIDS event will take place? I hope my intuition works bad these days and Maksim will enjoy his freedom soon.
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