Human Rights Lawyers, Students Call On Kentucky Derby To Keep UAE Ruler Out Of Race

Human Rights Lawyers, Students Call On Kentucky Derby To Keep UAE Ruler Out Of Race


On Wednesday, a collection of human rights lawyers and students at the University of Louisville officially filed a complaint with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, requesting that it not allow Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum from participating in the Kentucky Derby, citing questions about the whereabouts of his daughter who has attempted to flee from her family in the past and is allegedly being detained against her will.

The complaint was obtained by The New York Times and reportedly said, “The Horse Racing Commission must also use its authority to end his involvement in Kentucky horse racing, at least until Princess Latifa is free of captivity.”

Sheikh Mohammed plans to enter his horse, Essential Quality, in the upcoming derby after eleven past failed attempts to do so.

Last week, a group of independent human rights experts, including the the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, called for the United Arab Emirates to provide more information about the princess,

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