Dominic Raab demands UAE proves that 'kidnapped' princess still alive

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is seen next to Mary Robinson the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in

Dubai princess claims she is being held 'hostage' in secret video recordings

Dubai has an escaping Princess problem, caused by domestic violence and forced marriages according to the ex-wife of Dubai's ruler.

David Haigh, one of the campaign's co-founders and her lawyer, called for Sheikha Latifa's immediate release and an end to "a horrendous period of parental and human rights abuse that has significantly damaged the reputation of the UAE".

"Given what we've just seen, I think people would just at a human level want to see that she's alive and well", British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News television when asked whether he would support seeing some kind of proof from the United Arab Emirates that Sheikha Latifa was alive.

Photographs were taken of Princess Latifa and Mrs Robinson at a lunch in Dubai in December 2018.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said it would "raise these new developments with the UAE".

In the videos, the princess says she is "worried about my safety and my life". She entered a bitter global custody battle in 2019 with the Dubai emir in a London court, calling for a protection order and a non-molestation order for one of her children.

The case of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum made global headlines Tuesday after the BBC released excerpts from video diaries she said were recorded in a locked bathroom inside the Dubai villa where she was being held.

The dramatic escape attempt and its aftermath intruded into the carefully controlled image maintained by the family of Latifa's father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. But they're hardly alone. "My life is not in my hands", she says.

"Sheikh Muhammad is not an easy man, he isn't like that, he is very stubborn".

The princess added every day she anxious about her safety and her life and did not know when she would be released.

"I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail", Latifa said in the video, "All the windows are barred shut, I can not open any window".

She tried to reach out to her daughter multiple times. "I don't know what can happen to me and how long this will last. When I woke up, Sheikh Muhammad was there to express his sympathy and offer his willingness to pay for my medical expenses", she relates.

"I continue to be very anxious about Latifa".

He allegedly replied, "Are you insane?"

Al Hussein accused Al Maktoum of kidnapping his daughters from a previous marriage; Shamsa and Latifa. After a brief courtship, they were quickly married.

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson has claimed that she was "horribly tricked" over her dealings with Princess Latifa al Maktoum, a member of the ruling family of Dubai.

Princess Haya, who fled from Dubai to London in July 2019 with her two children, would go on to get her divorce from the High Court of Justice in London. She ended up being detained by commandos in the Arabian Sea.Months later, the UAE released photos of the princess "at home and living with her family in Dubai".

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum drew worldwide attention in 2018 when a human rights group released a video made by her in which she described an attempt to escape Dubai. She has not been heard from since.

It is unclear if Princess Latifa is still in the beachside villa. The first came after an attempted escape near the border of Oman, while the most recent involved a yacht off the coast of India.

For those looking for the facts, here's what you need to know about the princess, her disappearance and her return.

Human rights organisations have tried to call on the global community to investigate the Princess's fate, but little headway has been made against the power and connections wielded by Dubai's ruler.

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