For immediate release
David Haigh, a human rights lawyer, who has been leading the campaign to free Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum said today (mon) “Our thoughts and prayers are with Princess Haya and her young children at this time and we hope they have found safe sanctuary away from Dubai. Her courageous decision to leave her husband and seek asylum and divorce further highlights the dubious role of Mary Robinson, the former UN human rights commissioner and Irish President.
“The latest shocking development also offers Mary Robinson a golden opportunity to redeem herself following her ill-judged and highly criticised mission to Dubai last December. She simply needs to make a sincere and contrite statement saying she was duped by the wish to help an old friend sort out a family matter, that she acted under duress, and she regrets and disowns her visit to Dubai last December.
“For the sake and the future safety of Princess Haya and her children and Princess Latifa and women in the Gulf she needs to be honest with herself and stand up for women. We will be writing to Mrs Robinson to express our concerns.”
About Free Latifa: The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s closest friends, supporters and advisors. Headed by Campaign Director, Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen, human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh and Latifa’s close friends Stephania Martinengo and Marco Remes. Together with the support of not for profit legal advocacy NGO Detained International and a growing number of friends, supporters, media, lawyers, politicians and celebrities around the world the campaign has one goal, to #FreeLatifa. Updates on the campaign can be found on www.freelatifa.com
Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh
Campaign to Free Latifa
Telephone: + 44 (0) 203 900 1188