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United Nations Awaiting Proof that Dubai’s Princess Latifa is Still Alive

File photograph of Princess Latifa

In February, the UN human rights workplace requested for proof about Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s daughter after the BBC broadcast a video shot by Latifa saying she was being held captive and feared for her life.

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  • Last Updated:May 25, 2021, 21:18 IST
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The United Nations mentioned Tuesday it was nonetheless ready for convincing proof that Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, was alive after two footage emerged purportedly displaying her in public. In February, the UN human rights workplace requested for proof about Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s daughter after the BBC broadcast a video shot by Latifa saying she was being held captive and feared for her life.

Sheikh Mohammed is the vp and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is without doubt one of the seven emirates. His 35-year-old daughter has not been seen in public since a foiled try to flee from the emirate in March 2018.

Two footage have been printed on an unverified Instagram account this week, purporting to point out Latifa in a restaurant and in a shopping center in Dubai. AFP is unable to confirm the images or once they have been taken.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday instructed reporters in Geneva that the UAE had declined touch upon the Instagram footage.

“The authorities of the United Arab Emirates has been partaking with us on each diplomatic and authorities ranges on quite a lot of events over latest weeks and that engagement continues,” UN rights workplace spokesman Rupert Colville mentioned. “They have instructed us they may present convincing proof of life within the case of Latifa. So we’re basically awaiting their subsequent step on this respect and can rigorously look at any proposal that emerges.

“In phrases of the images that emerged in the previous couple of days, we don’t actually have any remark to make on these at this level.

“We haven’t obtained them ourselves and haven’t been in a position to look at them.” In a press release in February, Dubai’s royal household insisted that Latifa was being “cared for at dwelling”. “We are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time,” it mentioned.

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