UN experts have demanded that the United Arab Emirates present details about a daughter of Dubai’s ruler and launch her, two months after the BBC printed a video of Princess Latifa describing herself as a hostage in a villa.
The UAE mentioned on 19 February that Sheikha Latifa was being cared for at house, after the United Nations human rights workplace headed by Michelle Bachelet requested for proof that she was alive amid rising worldwide concern about her destiny.
“We’re alarmed that, following the general public launch in February of footage through which Sheikha Latifa reported being disadvantaged of her liberty in opposition to her will, and the next official request for additional data on her scenario, no concrete data has been offered by the authorities,” the unbiased UN human rights experts mentioned in a joint assertion.
“The assertion issued by the Emirates authorities merely indicating that she was being ‘cared for at house’ is just not enough at this stage,” added the experts, who embrace the UN investigators on torture and on violence in opposition to girls.
The joint assertion mentioned the experts referred to as “for unbiased verification of the circumstances underneath which she is being held, and for her instant launch”.
UAE authorities didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for remark.
A spokesperson for Bachelet’s workplace mentioned earlier this month it had not acquired a requested “proof of life” for Sheikha Latifa from the UAE.
Senior UN officers sought a gathering with the UAE ambassador in Geneva concerning the princess, which in precept has been agreed, the spokesperson mentioned on the time.
The destiny of Latifa, 35, and her tempestuous relationship together with her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who can be a vice-president of the UAE, has forged a brand new highlight on his household affairs.
Latifadrew worldwide consideration in 2018 when a human rights group launched a video made by her through which she described an try to flee Dubai. She was captured off the coast of India after an operation by particular forces and brought again to Dubai.
Since then UN experts have raised issues with the Emirati authorities about her “alleged enforced disappearance and incommunicado detention,” they mentioned in Tuesday’s assertion.
“Her continued incommunicado detention can have dangerous bodily and psychological penalties and should quantity to merciless, inhuman or degrading remedy,” they mentioned.