Human Rights Watch asks Dubai’s ruler about runaway daughter

Human Rights Watch asks Dubai's ruler about runaway daughter
The Associated Press

Human Rights Watch is asking Dubai’s ruling sheikh to reveal the whereabouts of his daughter after a French ex-spy and others say she fled the emirate, only to be arrested off the coast of India.

The organization said in a statement Saturday that Dubai’s silence on Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum “could qualify as an enforced disappearance.”

Sheikha Latifa’s father is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler and the United Arab Emirates’ vice president and prime minister.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Human Rights Watch’s Middle East director, said: “UAE authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa, confirm her status and allow her contact with the outside world.”

Dubai has declined to comment publicly about Sheikha Latifa since The Associated Press reported in April on her disappearance .