Free Princess Latifa Al Maktoum - #FreeLatifa

Free Princess Latifa Al Maktoum - #FreeLatifa

17 March 2018
Petition to
António Guterres (Secretary General of the United Nations) and 5 others
Signatures: 47,342Next Goal: 50,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by David Haigh

My name is Tiina Jauhiainen and I need your help to rescue my friend, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum.

Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She is being held illegally and against her will somewhere in the UAE.

I haven’t seen Latifa since 4th March 2018, when she was kidnapped at gunpoint in front of me while trying to escape from Dubai and a lifetime of oppression and abuse.

Everyone has the right to live a life of their own choice, regardless of their background. That right was snatched from Latifa in what was effectively a state-sponsored and state-authorised kidnapping. Since then she has been held against her will, and kept away from the public.

Because of Latifa’s repeated attempts to escape, the world was able to get a glimpse into the oppressed lives of Emirati and Gulf women. Many have been moved and inspired by her story. UAE laws actively promote the status of women as second-class citizens and the police routinely tortures prisoners, especially female prisoners in order to extract confessions.

I fear for Latifa’s life and I need your help to put pressure on respective governments and the international community to demand her IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Her step-mother, Princess Haya, recently managed to escape from her abusive marriage to Latifa’s father and is now in hiding in the UK.

Latifa has asked me to help spread her message of freedom for all oppressed women, and I will continue to do so as long as she remains imprisoned.

Latifa's freedom will be a victory to the tens of millions of enslaved Gulf women living under the hated male guardianship system, and oppressed women all over the world.

You can WATCH for yourself what Latifa has been through in the award winning BBC2 documentary "Escape From Dubai: The Mystery Of The Missing Princess” and check for the latest updates and ways of getting involved.

The latest documentaries on Latifa’s plight can be viewed on the #FreeLatifa Facebook.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please share with family and friends so that we can all help #FreeLatifa.

Tiina Jauhiainen

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Signatures: 47,342Next Goal: 50,000
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  • Jean-Claude Juncker
  • António GuterresSecretary General of the United Nations
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum