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British Ambassador To Uzbekistan Should Be Deeply Ashamed Of Himself

Posted by Info on 21/10/2010

British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Rupert Joy should not have taken part in Gulnara Karimova’s fashion week for the following reason: he should avoid everything that is linked to the Uzbek cotton industry and that glorifies the Uzbek dictatorial regime.
“Rupert Joy should be deeply ashamed of himself,” the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, said when he learnt about Joy’s participation in fashion week., organised by Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s eldest daughter Gulnara.
British ambassadors – Rupert Joy and Director of the British Council Uzbekistan Steve McNulty took part in the style.uz fashion week in Tashkent between 9 and 14 October and gave a news conference jointly with Gulnara Karimova as organisers and guests of the fashion week.
Craig Murray, who was British ambassador to Uzbekistan between 2002 and 2004 said:

“One should be careful in Uzbekistan with everything linked to
the COTTON INDUSTRY BECAUSE IT RELIES ON FORCED ADULT LABOUR AND ON CHILD SLAVERY
. Cotton trade is enormously profitable for the Uzbek elite.This is because they use almost no capital equipment and a huge slave labour force. The margin from the farm price to the world price is 3,000%.

“GULNARA IS AT THE TOP TABLE OF THOSE WHO GAIN FROM THIS (CHILDN AND FORCE LABOUR) EXPLOITATION.”

Gulnara Karimova, the 38-year-old daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, lives in Geneva, where she serves as Uzbekistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN. Bilan magazine, named her as one of Switzerland’s 10 richest women, estimating her fortune at around $600m in December 2009.

Human Rights groups accuse Uzbek authorities of systematic torture, forced and child labour in its cotton industry, and repression of political opposition. Most prominent groups, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have long been expelled from the country.

“Unfortunately the British government does not care at all about the condition of the people of Uzbekistan or about the child labour exploited in the fields,” he said. “Their only priority is the use of Uzbekistan for road transport to supply NATO troops in Afghanistan.”

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