Where is Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum – the ‘missing Emirati princess’? [VIDEO]
Friends of the princess have said they are concerned for her safety because she hasn't been heard since she stopped responding to their text messages six months ago.
The United Nations human rights office, has said that it asked the United Arab Emirates for proof that an Emirati princess held against her will for nearly three years is still alive.
The Human Rights organization said the case of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was raised with the UAE’s mission to the UN on the 18th of February, 2021.
Last week, the BBC released excerpts from video diaries Latifa said were filmed in a locked bathroom inside the Dubai villa where she was being held captive. She was confined by commandos off India’s coast in 2018 after trying to flee Dubai on a yacht.
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A spokeswoman for the UN rights office, Elizabeth Throssell, “We raised our concerns in light of the disturbing video evidence that recently emerged. We requested more information and clarification about the princess’s current situation.”
Throssell added, “We did ask for proof of life.”
Friends of the princess have said they are concerned for her safety because she hasn’t been heard since she stopped responding to their text messages six months ago.
Sheikha Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the hereditary ruler of Dubai, the current prime minister, and vice president of the United Arab Emirates.
In London, the UAE Embassy issued a statement on behalf of Latifa’s family, saying media coverage of her situation “certainly is not reflective of the actual position.”
“Her family has confirmed that Latifa is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals,” the statement said. “She continues to improve, and we assure you that she will return to public life at the appropriate time.”
The case of Latifa was previously raised by independent rights experts appointed by the global body.
In December of 2019, the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances announced that it had decided to investigate the case of Latifa, “who is reportedly being held in incommunicado detention at her family home in Dubai.”
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