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The UN fears for the life of the princess

NEW YORK (Dagbladet): Several media outlets published videos in February of Princess Latifa from Dubai saying that she is being held hostage by her family.

She also sent another letter BBC. There she asks that British police reopen the investigation into the case where her sister is said to have been abducted by her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

The sister, Princess Shamsa, has not been seen in public since she escaped from her father’s estate in the year 2000. She was then 18 years old.

Turns alarm

Two months later, she is said to have been captured by her father’s people, put in a helicopter and transported to France, before she was placed on her father’s private plane back to Dubai.

A British court ruled in 2019 that the sheikh had abducted both of their daughters, holding them captive against their will.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is now sounding the public alarm. They have asked the United Arab Emirates for proof that Princess Latifa is alive.

– We have not received any sign of life, and we would like it. We want a sign of life that is a clear, convincing proof that she is alive, says spokeswoman for OHCHR, Marta Hurtado, according to CNN.

She states that they have tried to arrange a meeting with senior staff in the United Arab Emirates, but that they have not agreed on a date yet.

However, the UN prefers to speak directly with the princess.

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– Very worried

– That is what we will convey in this meeting, if it takes place, Hurtado says.

and adds:

– We are very worried about both cases because we do not know what is going on. That is why we not only ask where they are, but also say that we want to meet them. We want to talk to them. We want to understand their situation – just like in other cases with people who disappear.

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In recording as BBC published in February, Latifa claims that she is being held hostage in a “villa converted into a prison” and that she does not have access to medical care.

The royal family in Dubai responded to the media reports with a statement in which they claimed that Latifa was supervised at home by family and medical personnel, according to CNN.

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