Britain says UAE should show that Dubai's Sheikha Latifa is alive

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is seen next to Mary Robinson the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in

"I just want to be free", she added.

In 2018, the daughter of Dubai's powerful ruler tried to flee the United Arab Emirates (UAE), claiming she was being abused and imprisoned against her will.

Friends and supporters said she disappeared after commandos stormed a boat carrying her off the coast of India after she fled the emirate.

Friends of the princess are however releasing the video amid fears for her wellbeing after they stopped hearing from her.

The attorney for a daughter of Dubai's ruler urged the Gulf emirate to release the young woman from nearly three years of detention and avoid further global scandal after a videotaped plea for freedom spurred the UN's human rights body to seek information about her status.

Raab said the "proper course" of action for Britain is to follow the developments from the United Nations "quite closely".

He told Sky News: "You can only watch the footage...and see that there is very distressing pictures, a very hard case".

Kenneth Roth, executive director of advocacy group Human Rights Watch, called on the UAE government to put an end to the case.

She said: 'I then said to them, look, I can write to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet and attach those photographs as proof of life. "And so, I think it should be investigated".

He later told BBC Breakfast: "I've seen some of the footage and I think it's deeply troubling".

In the episode that aired Tuesday, BBC Panorama also spoketo former U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson, who had visited Latifa in 2018 and later described her as a "troubled" young woman who regretted her escape attempt. "There is a very strict legal threshold", the foreign secretary told BBC Radio on Wednesday.

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"Do the right thing", he said.

The United Nations has said it will raise the detention of Princess Latifa with the authorities in the UAE.

News agency Reuters could not independently verify when or where the video was recorded.

"All the windows are barred shut, I can't open any windows".

"There's five policemen outside and two policewomen inside the house".

The footage shows Princess Latifa saying: 'I'm a hostage.

She said she was making the video in the bathroom of the villa, the only room she could lock herself into.

In a leaked video, the Princess claimed she was asked to join the lunch by Princess Haya, one of Sheikh Al Maktoum's wives, without knowing who Robinson was.

She said she was aware a photo was being taken of the encounter, as proof that Latifa was alive, but was not aware it would be published.

Sheikh Mohammed is the founder of the successful Godolphin horse-racing stable and is on friendly terms with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

He is one of the richest heads of state in the world, the ruler of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE. In April 2019, his former wife Princess Haya of Jordan left Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum accompanied by her two kids and moved to live in the United Kingdom, where she launched a number of legal actions against him, accusing him of mistreatment and of trying to marry off their 11-year old daughter Jalila to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

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