..As UN takes up the human rights abuse matter

For detaining his own daughter Latifa, who tried to run away from the Kingdom, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has drawn the anger of the United Nations which has vowed to take up the matter with the authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Princess Latifa has accused her father of holding her hostage in Dubai since she attempted to flee the city in 2018.

In secretly recorded videos shared with the BBC, Princess Latifa said she feared for her life. The video had attracted global calls for the UN to investigate the matter.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has now responded, suggesting it would question the UAE about Princess Latifa, according to a spokesman of the world body who said that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention could launch an investigation once Princess Latifa’s videos have been analysed.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the richest heads of state in the world, the ruler of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE.

He has built a hugely successful city but rights activists say there is no tolerance of dissent and the judicial system can discriminate against women.

With the help of friends, Princess Latifa tried to flee Dubai to start a new life in February 2018.

“I’m not allowed to drive, I’m not allowed to travel or leave Dubai at all,” Princess Latifa said in a video recorded just before her escape.

Days after she fled, Latifa was captured by commandos on a boat in the Indian Ocean. The princess was flown back to Dubai, where she has remained since.

Her father said he was acting in her best interests. Dubai and the UAE have previously said Princess Latifa was safe in the care of family


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