January 7 2019, The Times
Mary Robinson has explained her meeting with a runaway Arab princess to the United Nations’ human rights watchdog.
The former Irish president contacted Michelle Bachelet, UN high commissioner for human rights, after facing criticism over a trip to Dubai where she was pictured with Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum.
The princess tried to flee Dubai after claiming that she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her family. She is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mrs Robinson met with Sheikha Latifa, 33, at the request of Princess Haya bint Hussein, one of Sheikh Mohammed’s wives. She said that Mrs Robinson had been invited after the UN had asked for “proof” that Sheikha Latifa w