The United Nations says the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) has failed to provide compelling proof that Princess Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the missing daughter of Dubai’s ruler, is alive.
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Friday that it has asked the U.A.E for proof of life for the Princess but hasn’t received it.
Marta Hurtado, a spokeswoman, told a briefing in Geneva that they have not got any ‘proof of life,’ and they would like one. One that is clear, compelling evidence that Princess is alive. And their first concern for them is to be sure of that. Also, they tried to set up a meeting between senior authorities with the new ambassador of the Emirates to the UN in Geneva. In principle, the mission has accepted these requests, but they have no fixed date up till now.
CNN has reached out to the United Arab Emirates for a statement.
The BBC obtained secret recordings and shared them with CNN in February, and it shows that Sheikh Latifa claimed she was being held hostage in a villa converted into jail with no access to medical help. In response, Dubai’s Royal Family stated Latifa was being cared for at home by family and medical experts.
Moreover, Hurtado told the briefing the OHCHR would ideally meet Princess Latifa and talk to her alone to review all the aspects of her condition.
Princess Shamsa, Sheikh Latifa’s older sister allegedly kidnapped from Britain
She added, asked why such meetings haven’t taken place until now despite frequent calls from the OHCHR; Hurtado responded the question should be raised to the Emirates’ officials. That is what they are going to convey in this meeting if it takes place.
Also, Hurtado said her office would raise the case of Princess Latifa’s sister, Sheikha Shamsa, to ask about their situation.
Sheikh Latifa sent a letter in late February, shared with CNN, to the U.K. police, asking them to review the alleged kidnapping of her older sister, Princess Shamsa, from Britain in 2000.
Moreover, Hurtado stated that she said they are very concerned about both cases because we do not know what is happening. That is why they aren’t only asking where they are, but they want to meet them.
Also, they want to speak with them. They want to understand their condition, as the case not only with these two women, but other cases of persons that are missing, or maybe possibly disappeared across the globe.
The OHCHR spokeswoman concluded that follow-up on many cases, on a daily basis of people that have disappeared or whom they do not know the location. That is why they are internally, privately, and publicly here, raising their case and expressing that they are indeed very concerned about the situation.