Its now over a year ago since an elite commando unit made up of hundreds of armed state security personnel, helicopters and planes was sent by the UAE and India to attack a small US-registered yacht in international waters without warning and under cover of darkness. The goal: to illegally capture, torture and kidnap a young woman, her friend and the crew. To silence them at any cost, for ever.
On 24thFebruary 2018, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai disappeared from Dubai. At the time of her disappearance, HRH Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was attempting to escape her tyrannical father in the company of her trusted friend, Tiina Jauhiainen, and with the help of the crew of US-flagged boat Nostromo. On the night of March 4th, she was recaptured by the UAE’s security services and returned at gunpoint to Dubai where she has been detained against her will ever since.
Her life is at stake. She may be a princess, but this is about freedom and equality. Equality, dignity and the right of self-determination for millions of women across the Middle East is at stake.