Cipriani and NYC Consulates: Don't Host a Fashion Show by the Daughter of a Dictator
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Cipriani and NYC Consulates: Don't Host a Fashion Show by the Daughter of a Dictator

    1. Timothy Newman
    2. Petition by

      Timothy Newman

      Washington, DC

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September 2011

Victory

Human rights advocates kept Gulnara Karimov -- daughter of the Uzbek dictator who forces millions of children into child labor in the cotton fields each year -- from showing her face at her own fashion show!

After her fashion show at New York Fashion Week was canceled when the event organizers learned of her connection to human rights abuses, Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the president of Uzbekistan, decided to relocate her show. When reports first emerged that Karimova was hoping to host the fashion show for her GULI line at Cipriani's 42nd Street location, ILRF quickly posted a petition on Change.org calling on the venue to reject the show. Despite flooding Cipriani's e-mail inboxes and phone lines, the restaraunt decided to host the show. However, Gulnara Karimova was mysteriously absent from the event.

Thanks everyone for supporting this campaign and sending a clear message that the fashion industry won't stand for forced child labor.

Gulnara Karimova is the daughter of the President of Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan as well as Uzbekistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and the Ambassador to Spain. As an official representative of the government, she’s well aware of the state-sponsored use of forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry. Every harvest season, including the current season that has just begun, young people are removed from schools across the country and forced to meet government-imposed production quotas. Karimova is also known as “the single most hated person” in Uzbekistan, according to recently leaked diplomatic cables, for allegedly using her political connections to crush business competitors.

Ms. Karimova is also an aspiring fashion designer who is hoping to show her collection during New York Fashion Week. IMG, one of the organizers of the official New York Fashion Week, has already cancelled her show when it was made aware of her connection to human rights abuses. Now, the New York Post reports that Karimova is approaching Cipriani’s restaurant chain in New York to host her show. Cipriani’s restaurant, whose owners pled guilty of tax evasion several years ago, should not provide a forum for Karimova’s show. Neither should the consulates of Russia, Spain, Switzerland or the United Arab Emirates which have also been approached about hosting the show.

Join us in telling these venues that forced child labor is out of style and asking them to refuse to host Karimova’s show.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Dictator's Daughter Misses Her Own Fashion Show After Petition, Protests

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Change.org readers have successfully shown the fashion industry that forced child labor is a fashion faux pas. Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the President of Uzbekistan and the country's Ambassador to Spain and Permanent Representative to the UN...

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Join us on Thursday in NYC to protest child labor in cotton!

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      Join us on Thursday at 11am at Lincoln Center in New York to rally against forced child labor in Uzbekistan's cotton industry. Check out the link for details.

    4. Petition Covered by NY Public Radio

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      Check out this report from New York Public Radio that references this petition!

    5. Call Cipriani TODAY!

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      Call Cipriani's 42nd St. location at 646-723-0843 and tell them not to host Gulnara Karimova's fashion show. They should not be providing this forum to a representative of an regime that used forced child labor.

    6. More Distortions from Gulnara Karimova

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      In another creative twist of reality, Gulnara Karimova claims that she moved her show due to "safety" concerns when, in fact, the organizers of NY Fashion Week confirm that they canceled her show (after she refused) due to human rights concerns.

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. HRW Welcomes Cancellation of Gulnara's Original Show

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      Human Rights Watch welcomed the original cancellation of Gulnara Karimova's fashion show at New York Fashion Week. Will Cipriani follow the trend? Keep signing and spreading the word!

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. Spread the word!

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      This situation is developing rapidly. We'll need to spread the word quickly to make an impact. Ask five friends to join you in signing this petition now and share it through Facebook and Twitter!

    11. Reached 10 signatures
    12. New York Post reports on Gulnara's search for a new venue

      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

      After her fashion show was cancelled at New York Fashion Week due to human rights concerns, the New York Post reports that Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan, is searching for another venue for her show.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • judith skartvedt EASTON, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      My"adopted"son Abdul---whom I hosted for 2 years as a college student---was imprisoned 5 years after returning to UZ. He was a teacher when he returned----who happened to graduate from a Turkish high school. The UZ govt. went on a campaign arresting on false charges and imprisoning those graduates. They were the best educated and many had studied abroad----their only crime!

      It has been documented by the State Dept..

      My website is http://www.friendsofabdul.org/

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    • D P BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      In the 21 Century we should not, as 'supposed' members of civilised societies, be party to such 'uncivilised' practices as those still being used by Uzbekistan..Over priveliged nepotism accepted by United Nations mandate, as I see it..Scum !!

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    • Angelika Arutyunova SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      i'll sign anything to expose the ridiculous farce of Uzbek regime!

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    • Maria Molfino PALO ALTO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I oppose child labor and the Uzbek government policy of forcing children to pick cotton.

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    • Katie Rivers CLARKESVILLE, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      Our country should not support or elevate anyone who is okay with child labor. Period.

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