UN consultants urge UAE to launch princess who claims she’s hostage

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A gaggle of UN human rights consultants are calling on the United Arab Emirates to supply concrete details about the well-being of Princess Latifa months after the Dubai ruler’s daughter appeared in secret video recordings accusing her household of holding her hostage. 

We are alarmed that, following the public release in February of footage in which Sheikha Latifa reported being deprived of her liberty against her will, and the subsequent official request for further information on her situation, no concrete information has been provided by the authorities,” the impartial analysts stated in a press release. 

In February, the BBC’s “Panorama” program aired movies from Sheikha Latifa that she says she recorded in a locked toilet on a smuggled mobile phone. The 35-year-old princess alleged that she is detained in a villa “converted into a jail” and lacks entry to medical assist or contemporary air. It isn’t recognized whether or not Latifa remains to be alive, because the footage was reportedly filmed between early 2019 and early 2020. 

After the UN’s human rights company requested the Emirati authorities for proof of life, the UAE launched a press release in February saying the princess was being “cared for at home” by household and medical professionals.  

“The statement issued by the Emirates authorities merely indicating that she was being ‘cared for at home’ is not sufficient at this stage,” the UN consultants stated. 

Latifa, who’s the daughter of the UAE’s billionaire prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, hasn’t been seen publicly since her failed try to flee the Gulf nation in 2018. The princess had hoped to hunt asylum within the United States, however the US-flagged yacht she escaped on was intercepted in worldwide waters by Indian commandos and Emirati particular forces, who reportedly forcibly returned Latifa to Dubai 9 days after she ran away. 

The UN analysts stated Tuesday they have been involved by Sheikha Latifa’s alleged pressured disappearance.

“Her continued incommunicado detention can have harmful physical and psychological consequences and may amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” they stated.

Latifa’s older sister, Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, additionally alleged that her father ordered her kidnapping. The Emirati royal was kidnapped after attempting to run away from a household journey to England in 2000 and forcibly returned to solitary confinement within the UAE, based on a letter she smuggled to a lawyer. 

The youngest of Sheikh Mohammed’s six wives, Princess Haya of Jordan, left her husband and fled to London with the couple’s two younger kids in April 2019 after reportedly fearing for her life in Dubai.