UN says it will file case with the United Arab Emirates of a missing Emirati princess. Secretly recorded video of the princess from what she describes as a villa-turned-prison sparked a call for international intervention and evidence that she is alive.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that he was “concerned” about the situation of Sheikh Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Latifa’s new videos of her being held against her will are “very worrying.”
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Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, said on Wednesday that the world body would “present this case with the United Arab Emirates.” Other parts of the UN human rights system “maybe they could get involved once they analyze the new material or if they receive specific allegations”added.
Johnson said the UK would follow the UN investigation. “I think what we will do is wait and see how things go. We will be on the lookout, ”he said.
Latifa has twice tried to escape from Dubai but is forcibly returned and has managed to record a series of secret messages using a telephone from a villa that she claims has “become a prison.” The new video aired on Panorama BBC on Tuesday night.
During her last escape attempt in January 2018, Latifa used an inflatable boat to reach a yacht anchored in international waters.. Eight days later, off the coast of India, an Indian commando boarded the ship and returned her to her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. India has never commented on its involvement in the matter.
“Since then I have been here. More than a year in solitary confinement. I have no access to medical help, no trial, no charges, nothingLatifa said in a message to her friends, which she recorded in the bathroom, which is the only room she says she can lock. “Every day I worry about my safety and the police say that I will never see the sun again. I’m not safe here. “
In another video he said: “The door to my room… because I can’t lock it. I put a bottle on some boxes so that if someone wants to come in, make a lot of noise and serve as an alarm to stop talking. Well yes, this is my situation now ”.
The posts came to an abrupt halt last year, forcing his friends to seek media attention. Raab was asked on Sky News if he would request proof from Dubai that Latifa was still alive and he replied: “Given what we’ve just seen, I think people out of humanity would want to know if she’s alive and well”.
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He told the BBC that The United Kingdom and the UN would follow up on this video, the details of which he could not confirm The Guardian. A comment has already been requested from the Dubai government media office.
The UK Family Court I agree last year Latifa’s father had already forcibly returned her twice and done the same to another daughter, Shamsa, when she ran away from the family property in Sussex in 2000. The court also found that he had organized an intimidation campaign against his youngest wife, Sheikha Haya, who also fled Dubai with her two children. Sheikh Mohammed said at the time that the trial only told part of the story.
Asked whether Britain could impose sanctions on Dubai for the video, Raab said: “It is not clear to me that there is evidence to support that.”
In an interview with the BBC on Wednesday, he said: “Any criminal matter must be investigated by the police and he has to do it without fear and objectively ”.
Before the videos, Latifa’s last public appearance was in a series of photographs released by the Dubai government in which the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson appeared to confirm the well-being of the princess. Robinson told Panorama that she had been misled.
“They lied to me. At first my good friend Princess Haya did it, because she was also cheated on, “said Robinson. Haya began to explain that Latifa had a serious bipolar problem. And they told me, very convincingly: ‘We don’t want Latifa to go through any more trauma’”.
He added: “I didn’t know how to talk about a trauma with someone bipolar. And I didn’t really want to talk to her and add to her trauma over a nice meal. ”
Tiina Jauhiainen, a close friend of Latifa, told Panorama that the princess was suffering. “She is so pale, she has not seen the sun in months. He can barely go from his room to the kitchen and back”, Dijo Jauhiainen.
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New video increases pressure on the UK to act against a senior member of a government it considers a close military and commercial partner. Sheikh Mohammed has significant interests in horse racing in the UK and has often been photographed with the Queen.
The British Horseracing Authority, which controls the industry in the UK, declined to comment on Sheikh Mohammed’s most recent events..