Sheikha Latifa: Former UN rights chief criticized for calling princess ‘troubled’

Bianca Britton
December 29, 2018, CNN

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is seen next to Mary Robinson, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a photo dated December 15, 2018.

Former UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson has been criticized for describing a daughter of Dubai’s billionaire ruler who was feared missing as “troubled” and in the “loving care of her family.”

Robinson, who appeared in photos alongside Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum dated December 15 — told BBC’s Radio 4 on Thursday that the princess was a “vulnerable” young woman with a “serious medical situation” for which she was receiving psychiatric care.

She also said Sheikha Latifa “now regrets” her planned escape from Dubai earlier this year.

However, Radha Stirling — the CEO of UK-based advocacy group Detained in Dubai — accused Robinson’s account of being too similar to the emirate’s official position.

She said Robinson, the former president of Ireland, “appeared to be reciting almost verbatim from Dubai’s script.”