Sheikha Latifa: Former UN rights chief criticized for calling princess 'troubled'

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is seen next to Mary Robinson, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a photo dated December 15, 2018.

(CNN)Former UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson has been criticized for describing a daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler who was feared missing as "troubled" and in the "loving care of her family."

Robinson, who appeared in photos alongside Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum dated December 15 -- told BBC's Radio 4 on Thursday that the princess was a "vulnerable" young woman with a "serious medical situation" for which she was receiving psychiatric care.
She also said Sheikha Latifa "now regrets" her planned escape from Dubai earlier this year.
    However, Radha Stirling -- the CEO of UK-based advocacy group Detained in Dubai -- accused Robinson's account of being too similar to the emirate's official position.
    She said Robinson, the former president of Ireland, "appeared to be reciting almost verbatim from Dubai's script."
    Sheikha Latifa is seen with former Irish president Mary Robinson in Dubai in a photo dated December 15, 2018.
    Stirling questioned why Robinson made no reference to Sheikha Latifa's previous claim that she was tortured and detained for three years following a previous failed attempt to leave the UAE in 2002 as a teenager.
    She also said Robinson failed to question the raid of Sheikha Latifa's boat in international waters amid her second escape attempt earlier this year.
    "Sheikha Latifa phoned me on the night of her abduction, pleading for my help," Stirling said.
    "Given what she has conveyed to me, this meeting in no way satisfies me that she is free from the abuse that she told me she had suffered for years."