The United Arab Emirates said on Friday that Princess Latifa, one of the ruler of Dubai’s daughters, was being cared for at home as the UN human rights watchdog asked the UAE for proof that she is alive amid growing international concern about her fate.
The BBC’s investigative news programme Panorama on Tuesday published a video it said was of Latifa, in which she says that she is being held against her will in a barricaded villa.
“Her family has confirmed that Her Highness is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals,” the embassy of the UAE in London said in a statement.
“She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time,” said the statement, which was passed to Reuters by the UAE foreign ministry.
It also said that the media coverage was “not reflective of the actual position” of Latifa.
Earlier on Friday in Geneva, Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the UN agency had raised its concerns “about the situation in light of the disturbing video evidence that emerged this week”.
“We requested more information and clarification about [Princess] Latifa’s current situation,” she told an online briefing.
“Given the serious concerns about [Princess] Latifa, we have requested that the government’s response comes as a matter of priority … We did ask for proof of life,” she said, adding the agency would continue to monitor the situation closely.