The organizers of New York's Fashion Week have gone back on a decision to cancel a show by the designer daughter of Uzbekistan's autocratic leader Islam Karimov, who is accused of presiding over widespread human rights abuses,
Gulnara Karimova’s September 15 show was originally pulled by IMG Worldwide canceled in response to criticism and threats of protests by human rights groups.
But the company told RIA Novosti on Wednesday that the show would now be held at a different location from the originally planned Lincoln Centre and would be open to invited guests only.
Karimova's 73-year-old father has been in power in the gas-rich Central Asian republic since 1989. Rights groups accuse the former Communist boss of serious human rights violations and silencing political dissent.
The European Union imposed an arms embargo and a travel ban against his administration after the mass killing of hundreds of unarmed protesters in the city of Andijan in May 2005.
Karimov insisted the security forces had targeted Islamist militants.
The sanctions were lifted two years ago.
Karimova, 39, is also Uzbekistan's ambassador to Spain and to the UN.