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UN: no proof of life over Latifa

independent.ie- The UN says it has not received any evidence from the United Arab Emirates that Dubai’s Princess Latifa is still alive, a fortnight after seeking proof.

The UN Human Rights Office asked for evidence that the daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum was still alive after a video shot by the princess went viral.

“We raised our concerns about the situation in light of the disturbing video evidence that emerged this week,” Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said at the time. We have asked for a proof of life – we have asked for further information.”

In the video, Princess Latifa, now 35 years old, said she was being held captive in a “villa jail” in Dubai and that she feared for her life.

A spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said: “We’ve held discussions with representatives of the UAE government here in Geneva, but I don’t have any particular progress to report.”

He said that proof of life had “not yet” been received.

In February, a statement issued by the UAE embassy in London from Princess Latifa’s family insisted she was “being cared for at home”.

Also in February, a handwritten letter from 2019, which was only given to police by the princess’s friends last month, was revealed.

In the letter, Princess Latifa urged police in the UK to reinvestigate the disappearance of her sister, Shamsa, who was kidnapped on the orders of their father after fleeing the family’s estate in Surrey over two decades ago.

It is understood Shamsa fled the family’s Longcross Estate, near Chertsey. Shamsa was forcibly taken, flown by helicopter to France and by private jet back to Dubai.

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