UAE: Free Dubai Ruler’s Captive Daughters

UK Court Concludes They Were Abducted, Forced Back to Dubai

United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should secure the freedom of two daughters of the ruler of Dubai, who a United Kingdom court found are being confined against their will, Human Rights Watch said today.

On March 5, 2020, a UK family court published its ruling that it found the Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, arranged the abduction and forcible return of his daughters, Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 38, and Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 35, to the UAE.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum (II)

“Abducting family members abroad and continuing to confine them shows the extent to which UAE rulers behave as if they are unaccountable for their actions and above the law,” said Rothna Begum, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The UAE authorities should immediately free Sheikha Shamsa and Sheikha Latifa, allow them to leave the UAE if they wish, investigate their abduction and allegations of torture, and bring those responsible to account.”

The UK High Court Family Division’s 34-page fact-finding ruling pertained to the decisions relating to the residence status and contact arrangements of the two young children of Sheikh Mohammed and his former wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein of Jordan. Princess Haya fled with them