UN still awaiting proof that Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa is alive
Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, has not been seen in public since an unsuccessful attempt to escape the emirate in March 2018.
Two photos were posted to an unverified Instagram account claiming to show Latifa in a restaurant and shopping mall in Dubai (Reuters)
The United Nations said on Tuesday it was still awaiting convincing proof that Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, was alive after two photos emerged allegedly showing her in public.
In February, the UN human rights office called for evidence on the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, after the BBC aired. a video shot by Latifa saying she was being held captive and fears for his life.
Sheikh Mohammed is the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is one of the seven emirates.
Her 35-year-old daughter has not been seen in public since an unsuccessful attempt to escape the emirate in March 2018.
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Two photos were posted to an unverified Instagram account this week, claiming to show Latifa in a restaurant and shopping mall in Dubai.
AFP is unable to verify the photos or the date on which they were taken.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that the UAE declined to comment on the Instagram photos.
“The government of the United Arab Emirates has engaged with us at diplomatic and government level several times over the past few weeks and this engagement continues,” said the spokesperson for the human rights office of the United Arab Emirates. UN, Rupert Colville.
“They told us that they would provide compelling evidence of life in Latifa’s case. So we basically await their next step in this regard and will carefully consider any proposition that emerges.
“Regarding the photographs that have emerged over the past few days, we don’t really have a comment to make on them at the moment.
“We did not receive them ourselves and were unable to review them.”
In a statement in February, the Dubai royal family insisted that Latifa was “being treated at home”. “We hope that she will return to public life at the appropriate time,” he said.
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