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United Arab Emirates: Six months after her capture at sea, Sheikha Latifa al Maktoum still held incommunicado

, Index number: MDE 25/8977/2018

Today marks six months since Sheikha Latifa Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and five other people were detained at sea by Indian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) security forces. According to information obtained by Amnesty International, Sheikha Al Maktoum, a daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, has been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location by the UAE since she was forcibly returned there on 4 March. The five non-Emirati people who were on board at the time the boat was seized were severely beaten, and then held in incommunicado detention in the UAE for around two weeks before they were released. Amnesty International considers this incident to have possibly entailed multiple violations of international human rights law by both India and the UAE, including arbitrary detention, torture, and enforced disappearance.

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