Sheikha Latifa: Rights groups demand immediate access to Dubai princess a year on from alleged kidnap

Bel Trew
March 4, 2019, The Independent

Sheikha Latifa has made no public statement since she was allegedly captured at sea last March trying to flee Dubai

Latifa al-Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, in a 40-minute video (Detained in Dubai)

Rights groups have demanded the United Arab Emirates grant them immediate access to an Emirati princess, one year on from her alleged capture by the authorities while she was trying to escape the country.

Sheikha Latifa, 33 the daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has not publicly spoken since she was apparently forcibly returned to Dubai and disappeared for nine months last year, after she was detained at sea while trying to flee to Goa, India.

She has only been seen once since then, when she appeared in photographs taken in Dubai during a visit by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The highly publicised and bizarre meeting in December was panned by rights