The KHRA said they had received a complaint against Sheikh Mohammed from a group of human rights lawyers and students at the University of Louisville demanding his suspension from racing events in Kentucky until he can prove his daughter Sheikha Latifa is living on Mohammed Al Maktoum .
“The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) received a complaint against licensee Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on April 28, 2021,” said Marc A. Guilfoil, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, in a statement Thursday. “In consultation with the attorney and in accordance with Kentucky regulations, the KHRC has determined that the complaint is not in violation of the KHRC regulations.”
The petition argued that the sheikh’s alleged human rights abuses were in violation of the Kentucky Race Commission’s Code, which states that those who conduct behavior are deemed undesirable reflect the honesty and integrity of the sport.
Sheikh Mohammed’s racing team Godolphin did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum has not been seen in public since March 2018 when she tried to flee the country. International human rights activists have alleged that Sheikh Mohammed held her hostage.
In 2020, the UK Family Division of the High Court in London issued a decision that it described as “exceptional”. It found that the Sheikh organized kidnapping of his two daughters and forcibly returned them to the UAE. In a statement made at the time, the sheikh said he wanted his family’s privacy to be respected.
“As head of government, I was unable to participate in the court’s fact-finding process. This has resulted in the publication of a ‘fact-finding’ judgment that inevitably tells only one side of the story.”
“It is time to ban Sheikh Mohammed, everyone associated with him and Essential Quality from the Derby, Oaks and all horse races in Kentucky,” said a statement from Lisa Bloom, one of the attorneys who filed the complaint .
The Dubai Royal Family said in a statement in February that Shiekha Latifa “will be cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals” and that she will return to public life “at the right time”.
Latifa’s family and close friends have started a campaign with supporters and advisers called Free Latifa. Some human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch support the campaign.