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UN to question UAE about Princess Latifa

Photo: FreeLatifa campaign

The United Nations has said they will question the United Arab Emirates regarding Princess Latifa after videos she recorded while being imprisoned were released to the media.

Latifa secretly recorded videos in the ‘jail villa’ she is being held in where she says she’s been held hostage in Dubai since 2018. She talks about fearing for her life in the videos and how she is not allowed to even see the sunlight.

The secret videos were shared with the BBC and Sky News on Tuesday.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that they will be questioning the UAE soon regarding Sheikha Latifa’s situation. A spokesman, Rupert Colville, told the BBC: “We will certainly raise these new developments with the UAE. Other parts of the UN human rights system with relevant mandates may also become involved once they have analysed the new material.”

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will be able to launch an investigation once they have analysed the videos released of Latifa.

The government of the UAE have previously said that Latifa is safe in the care of family.

In the footage released earlier this week, the Princess said that commandos drugged her during an attempt to escape captivity as she fled by boat. She was then returned to detention.

Princess Latifa also said that she had been “a hostage” in “solitary confinement” for more than a year with no access to medical or legal help.

The secret messages that the Princess recorded for her friends have since stopped. 

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.