Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbekistan: Karimova Libel Trial Delivers More Scandals; MPs Demand EU Probe

Posted by Info on 13/06/2011

Augustin Scalbert, the French reporter accused of libel over a piece about Karimova-Tillyaeva‘s participation in an AIDS fund-raiser last year, believes he can simply plead the truth defense.
For the court hearing came human rights activist Nadejda Atayeva, head of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, and Mutabar Tajibayeva, leader of the civic group Fiery Hearts from Andijan. They supplied plenty of evidence of suppression of independent media, harassment and jailing of human rights activists, forced child labor in the cotton industry, and torture and imprisonment of thousands of Muslims accused of extremism.

At the trial, Karimova-Tillyaeva’s lawyer, Antoine Germain, produced a statement signed by Pierre-Paul Antheunissens, EU coordinator in Tashkent, reveals that the EU has already awarded the Centre a grant in 2008 and that a new
project has been approved by the European Union in 2010 with a budget of 3.7 mln. euros and is due to start later this year.

In the trial was a claim that President Karimov’s daughter had spent large amounts for a charity event in February 2010 organized at Versailles Palace, and had even paid a fee — the allegation was €230,000 — to secure the attendance of Italian supermodel and actress Monica Bellucci….

“The authoritarian rule of President Karimov and his family clan should not be occurring with the financial support of the EU,” Michael Link, a member of the Free Democratic Party..

In addition to unwittingly exposing the dubious relations between the EU and the secretive and abusive Uzbek regime, attorneys for the president’s daughter have also produced character references from UN agencies in defense of her litigation — and wound up scandalizing observers with the impliciations of support for an unaccountable regime GONGO.

UNICEF, the children’s agency, and UNESCO, where Karimova-Tillyaeva serves as ambassador for her country, have praised her charitable work.

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