The disappearance of Princess Latifa
We are sure you will have seen the extensive coverage surrounding the shocking treatment of Sheikha Latifa in UAE and we welcome the UN intervention. We thought it would be helpful to share Amnesty’s response in the words of our Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director:
“The contents of the videos Sheikha Latifa recorded are chilling, and we are extremely concerned for her safety, as friends say all contact with her stopped in recent months. Sheikha Latifa has been subjected to a catalogue of human rights violations – including abduction, forcible return and being held incommunicado or almost three years now.
“Dubai and the UAE must immediately ensure she is released and respect her freedom of movement. Amnesty International calls on the international community to turn its attention to Sheikha Latifa’s pleas for help; the UN’s public statement that it will raise the issue with the authorities is welcome, as would be a visit by the Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention to investigate her continuing detention. The UAE has in effect closed its doors to the scrutiny of UN experts on civil and political rights since 2014.
“Sheikha Latifa’s case also lends itself to a broader examination of the UAE’s human rights record. The UAE authorities operate a policy of systematic repression of any form of dissent or criticism. Since 2011, the authorities have systematically cracked down on their critics, including activists, judges, lawyers, academics, students and journalists by way of arbitrary detentions, and crimes under international law, including enforced disappearance, torture and other-ill-treatment. Sheikha Latifa’s case is simply the most public example of this alarmingly oppressive climate.”