BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights workplace stated Friday that it has requested the United Arab Emirates for proof that an Emirati princess held towards her will for nearly three years continues to be alive.
The Geneva-based Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights stated the case of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was raised with the UAE’s mission to the U.N. on Thursday.
Earlier this week the BBC launched excerpts from video diaries Sheikha Latifa stated have been recorded in a locked toilet contained in the Dubai villa the place she was being held. She was detained by commandos off the coast of India in 2018 after she tried to flee Dubai in a yacht.
“We raised our considerations in regards to the state of affairs in gentle of the disturbing video proof that emerged this week,” Elizabeth Throssell, a spokeswoman for the U.N. rights workplace instructed reporters. “We requested extra data and clarification about Sheikha Latifa’s present state of affairs.”
“We did ask for proof of life,” she added.
Associates of the princess have stated say they’re involved for her security as a result of she hasn’t been heard from 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 additionally serves as prime minister and vice chairman of the United Arab Emirates.
Throssell careworn that it was commonplace follow for the U.N. human rights workplace to inquire about particular person instances inside its mandate. “That features instances for no matter cause which have attracted wider focus.”
“Given the intense considerations about Sheika Latifa, we now have requested that the federal government’s response comes as a matter of precedence,” she added. “We stay up for receiving and contemplating this response.”
“Within the meantime, in fact, we’ll proceed to watch and assess the state of affairs carefully,” stated Throssell.
The case of Sheikha Latifa was beforehand raised by impartial rights consultants appointed by the worldwide physique.
In December, the U.N. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances reported that it had determined to look at the case of Sheikha Latifa, “who’s reportedly being held in incommunicado detention at her household dwelling in Dubai.”