U.N. requests for ‘evidence of life’ for missing out on Princess Latifa

U.N. asks for 'proof of life' for missing Princess Latifa

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The U.N. human rights workplace stated Friday that it has actually asked the United Arab Emirates for proof that an Emirati princess held versus her will for nearly 3 years is still alive.

The Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stated the case of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was raised with the UAE’s objective to the U.N. on Thursday.

Earlier today the BBC launched excerpts from video journals Sheikha Latifa stated were tape-recorded in a locked restroom inside the Dubai vacation home where she was being held. She was apprehended by task forces off the coast of India in 2018 after she attempted to run away Dubai in a private yacht.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum in December 2018. United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation / through AP

“We raised our concerns about the situation in light of the disturbing video evidence that emerged this week,” Elizabeth Throssell, a spokesperson for the U.N. rights workplace informed press reporters. “We requested more information and clarification about Sheikha Latifa’s current situation.”

“We did ask for proof of life,” she included.

Friends of the princess have actually stated state they are worried for her security due to the fact that she hasn’t been spoken with given that she stopped reacting to text 6 months earlier. The 35-year-old princess is the child of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the genetic ruler of Dubai who likewise works as prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates.

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Throssell worried that it was basic practice for the U.N. human rights workplace to ask about specific cases within its required. “That includes cases for whatever reason that have attracted wider focus.”

“Given the serious concerns about Sheika Latifa, we have requested that the government’s response comes as a matter of priority,” she included. “We look forward to receiving and considering this response.”

“In the meantime, of course, we will continue to monitor and assess the situation closely,” stated Throssell.

The UAE Embassy in London released a declaration on behalf of Sheikha Latifa’s household, stating media protection of her scenario “certainly is not reflective of the actual position.”

“Her family has confirmed that Her Highness is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals,” the declaration stated. “She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time.”

The case of Sheikha Latifa was formerly raised by independent rights professionals selected by the international body.

In December, the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances reported that it had actually chosen to analyze the case of Sheikha Latifa, “who is reportedly being held in incommunicado detention at her family home in Dubai.”

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