The organisation, Detained in Dubai, and Captain Hervé Jaubert, acting as Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum’s legal representatives, have instructed Matthew Heywood and John Cooper QC to advise in their ongoing case with the United Nations on behalf of the Dubai princess. The organisation has been at the forefront of the proceedings regarding Sheikha Latifa.

Sheikha Latifa is the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; she left the UAE last year in a bid for asylum in the US, only to be captured days later in a joint military operation by the Emirates and India. Her step-mother, Princess Haya bint Hussein, who helped coordinate a staged media event last December with Latifa and former Irish President Mary Robinson to allay fears about Latifa’s wellbeing, has herself left the UAE and is currently engaged in a custody battle in British courts over her two children with Sheikh Mohammed.

Matthew Heywood comments: “I’m extremely pleased to be helping John and Radha [Radha Stirling, CEO] on this case. The outcome can either advance the cause of women in the region, or set it back hundreds of years. I’m confident the outcome will be positive for both Latifa and the UAE.” 

Details on the case and press enquiries can be found here.