Popstar Jennifer Lopez has drawn criticism from human rights charities for performing a concert that was reportedly attended by a controversial political leader
Lopez, 43, performed a private concert in Turkmenistan for local executives of the China National Petroleum Corporation, which was also attended by the state’s president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.
The ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker reportedly also sang Happy Birthday to Berdimuhamedow, a move which the Human Rights Foundation’s Thor Halvorssen claims has helped to “utterly destroy” her previous involvement with charitable organisations.
“Lopez obviously has the right to earn a living performing for the dictator of her choice and his circle of cronies, but her actions utterly destroy the carefully-crafted message she has cultivated with her prior involvement with Amnesty International’s programmes.”
A representative for Lopez has since responded to the claims, stating that “This was not a government sponsored event or political in nature. The event was vetted by her representatives. Had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.”
Advocacy organisation Human Rights Watch claimed in a 2012 report that Turkmenistan “remains one of the world’s most repressive countries.”