UN asks Emirates for ‘proof of life’ for lacking princess

BERLIN (AP) – The UN human rights workplace mentioned on Friday it had requested the UAE for proof that an Emirati princess held towards her will for almost three years was nonetheless alive.

The Geneva-based workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights mentioned the case of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was raised with the UAE mission to the UN on Thursday.

Earlier this week the BBC published video newspaper clips Sheikha Latifa mentioned she was recorded in a locked lavatory contained in the Dubai villa the place she was being held. She was arrested by commandos off the coast of India in 2018 after trying to flee Dubai in a yacht.

“We now have expressed our issues concerning the state of affairs in gentle of disturbing video proof that has emerged this week,” Elizabeth Throssell, a spokesperson for the UN rights workplace, instructed reporters. “We now have requested extra info and clarification on Sheikha Latifa’s present state of affairs.”

“We requested for proof of life,” she added.

Mates of the princess have mentioned they’re involved for her security as she had not been heard since she stopped responding to textual content messages six months in the past. The 35-year-old princess is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the hereditary ruler of Dubai who can be Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.

Throssell harassed that it was commonplace observe for the United Nations human rights workplace to inquire about particular person circumstances falling inside its mandate. “This consists of circumstances for no matter purpose which have attracted wider consideration.”

“In view of the intense issues concerning Sheika Latifa, we’ve requested that the federal government’s response be a precedence,” she added. “We look ahead to receiving and contemplating this response.”

“Within the meantime, after all, we are going to proceed to observe and assess the state of affairs carefully,” mentioned Throssell.

Sheikha Latifa’s case has already been raised by impartial rights specialists appointed by the worldwide physique.

In December, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances mentioned it had determined to look at the case of Sheikha Latifa, “who was being held incommunicado at her household’s dwelling in Dubai”.

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