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United Nations Complaints for wrongful imprisonment, arbitrary detention and human rights violations

United Nations advice, applications and representation

The United Nations in its own right, may not have the influence or power to secure the freedom of a person who has been kidnapped or detained without due process. They may not be able to act to stop human rights violations or even torture, and they may be slow to process submissions.

However, when combined with a campaign, litigation, media or all three, the United Nations can prove an effective tool.

When Princess Latifa and Hérve Jaubert were abducted from a US yacht in international waters, Radha Stirling ensured that an urgent application was made to the United Nations Working Group for Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, the United Nations Working Group for Arbitrary Detention, the Human Rights Committee and the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Along with the media campaign launched by Detained in Dubai, the United Nations sent an urgent communication to Dubai expressing their concern for Princess Latifa.

Hervé Jaubert was released within two weeks of his abduction and rendition. Stirling attended the United Nations in Geneva to present evidence of Sheikha Latifa’s abduction and provide her expert opinion on UAE human rights abuses, arbitrary detentions and torture.