Lawsuit against a French newspaper
Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, the younger daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, has dwelt on the reasons which prompted her to bring a lawsuit against a French newspaper in 2011 over an article which described her as a “dictator’s daughter”.
“I think I did the right thing. By defending myself against defamation in the press, I only used an inalienable right which every person is entitled to,” Karimova-Tillyaeva said in her recent interview with the BBC.
“I did not question the rightness or wrongness of using this word [dictator], because I understand that this is a political term. However, in that context, the definition of ‘dictator’s daughter’ in the press uniquely affected my personality. Each person is born with the inalienable right to be judged on his personal qualities, business, attitudes and actions,” Karimova-Tillyaeva said.
“I know my name outpaces myself, but I want to be seen as a person with her own principles and viewpoint,” she added.
Karimova-Tillyaeva openly distanced herself from her sister Gulnara Karimova saying “there were no family and friendly relations between them”.
It looks like that Lola also holds critical views of her father’s government’s policies.
Lola Karimova Tillyaeva
Commenting on the international criticism of the use of child labour during the annual cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, Karimova-Tillyaeva said: “I find it difficult to assess the situation, but if there are such facts, it is sad and should not take place in any country of the world.”
Karimova-Tillyaeva said she is not interested in pursuing a career as a politician and that her priority was her husband Timur Tillyaev and their three children.
“I don’t see myself developing as a politician,” she said, adding she never discussed politics during her rare meetings with her father.
According to reports, Lola’s husband Timur Tillyaev spent his formative years in the USA, where he went to a high school and then did his undergraduate studies in Midland University. Timur Tillyaev is one of the shareholders of the company called Abu Sahiy Nur, which is involved in business activities in the area of international transportation.
The Tillyaevs have three children. They reportedly left Uzbekistan in 2006 over “serious disagreements” with Lola’s elder sister Gulnara Karimova.
Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva serves as Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO and backs two charitable organizations in Uzbekistan, which help orphanages and children with disabilities.
Karimova-Tillyaeva, who heads two major charitable organizations in Uzbekistan, announced on her Facebook page on 25 September that the new premises of the orphanage are due to open in 2015.
“You are not alone” charitable organization was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002 to provide comprehensive assistance and support to children left without parental care. The primary goals of the charity are to promote the development of orphaned and abandoned children, provide them with better opportunities to get comprehensive education, assistance in healthcare and psychological support.
Karimova-Tillyaeva's second charitable organization, the National Centre for Social Adaptation of Children, provides children with special needs with assistance in the areas of diagnosis, orthopedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education.
A charity backed by the Uzbek president’s younger daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva is funding the construction of a new Mercy Home for children left without parental care in the city of Samarkand.