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UAE

UN yet to see ‘proof of life’ of Princess Latifa


Photo: FreeLatifa campaign

The United Nations has said they have not received proof of life of Princess Latifa, the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, from the UAE after requesting it two weeks ago.

The UN requested the UAE provide proof of life two weeks ago after secretly videos were released of the Princess in captivity by her friends. In the videos, the royal revealed that she was not allowed to see the sunlight and was a prisoner in what she called a ‘jail villa.’ She said she feared for her life and had been kept in the villa since her kidnapping in 2018.

Contact from the Princess has stopped, and friends worry for her safety.

UN spokesperson Robert Colville said that meetings were held with UAE representatives in Switzerland but when he was asked if they provided proof of life, he said: “Not yet, no.”

Last month, a statement was released by the UAE embassy in London on behalf of Dubai’s royal family that said:

In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position. 

“Her family has confirmed that Her Highness is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals.”

Princess Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed, the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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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.