Mercedes-Benz regrets about Guli's presence China fashion week

Gulnara Karimova in Beijing; photo:
Daimler AG, the producer of Mercedes-Benz cars, has expressed regret that Gulnara Karimova has taken part in a fashion week it sponsors in Beijing.

On 30 October, the Uzbek president's eldest daughter Gulnara Karimova presented her collection of dresses under the Guli brand in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Beijing.

The German sponsor of the week said it was not involved in the selection of designers for the Beijing fashion week.

"The appearance of Gulnara Karimova at the Fashion Week in China took place without our awareness or consent," Silke Mockert, a spokeswoman for Daimler AG, said.

Mockert said Daimler AG regretted that Karimova could take part in this show.

"Daimler is not interested in providing an open platform to people who are accused of violating human rights," Mockert said.

Participation in fashion shows in Asia and the Middle East is the only opportunity available to designer Karimova.

In 2011, she was expelled from New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as a representative of the Uzbek regime which is responsible for gross human rights violations: large-scale killings in Andijan in 2005, torture, forced child labour, political and economic repressions and crackdowns.

IMG, which organises fashion and sport events, including the New York Fashion Week, quit providing its catwalks to Karimov indefinitely.

The expulsion from the New York show is still being presented by Gulnara Karimova as the relocation of her show from the Lincoln Centre to a restaurant for security concerns.

Daimler is not interested in providing an open platform to people who are accused of violating human rights

Daimler AG

During her show in New York, human rights activists protested in defence of millions of Uzbek children who were forced to pick cotton instead of attending classes and for the release of political prisoners - journalists and human rights activists.

However, IMG has repeatedly said that Guli was refused to stage a show at one of the world's most prestigious events because of the "appalling" human rights situation in Uzbekistan.