Girl from saudi arabia
Teenager seeking passage to asylum in Australia claims she was abused by her family and fears death if repatriated. Thailand's immigration police chief has announced that the young Saudi woman seeking passage to asylum in Australia will be temporarily admitted to the country for evaluation by the UN refugee agency. He said the UN agency would take at least five to seven days to evaluate her case. Photos published by the Associated Press news agency showed al-Qunun and several Thai officials leaving the Bangkok hotel on Monday evening, but her exact destination was not made public. Al-Qunun later posted on social media saying that her father had arrived in Bangkok, and that she is "worried and scared".
'Brave new Canadian': Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun arrives in Canada
Saudi woman fleeing family to be granted asylum: Thailand | News | DW |
A young Saudi woman who fled her allegedly abusive family, drawing renewed attention to the plight of women in the conservative kingdom, has arrived in Toronto. Al-Qunun drew international attention to her case last weekend after she launched a Twitter campaign from an airport hotel room in Bangkok, where she said she was unlawfully detained at the behest of Saudi authorities who sought to prevent her from traveling to Australia. On Sunday, Jan. She added that her family told Saudi authorities she was mentally ill in a bid to have her forcibly returned. The hashtag SaveRahaf soon began trending on Twitter, spread by a network of activists including several in Canada. However, on Monday, Thailand granted her temporary access to the country under the protection of the UN refugee agency, which evaluated her asylum claim and granted her refugee status. Human Rights Watch said at the time that Canada played a central role in persuading the Thai government to allow Al-Qunun to seek asylum rather than deport her to Saudi Arabia.
Freedom at any cost: women risking their lives to escape Saudi Arabia
Francesca Paris. Alqunun fled her family, saying she feared for her life, and was granted asylum by Canada. The year-old Saudi woman who captured international attention as she resisted deportation from a Bangkok hotel room arrived in Canada on Saturday, in the final leg of a long journey to secure legal refuge. Canada granted asylum status to Alqunun on Friday. Alqunun's story spread across social media when she locked herself in a Bangkok hotel room and live-tweeted her calls for help, rapidly gaining thousands of followers as she wrote that she was in danger.
According to some sources, her father has arrived in Thailand to bring her home. In the recent past, Mohammed al-Qunun has abandoned Islam and is therefore afraid of being killed. Barricaded for three days in a hotel room at Bangkok International Airport to escape the Thai authorities and Riyadh emissaries, the young woman repeatedly stated that her family members would "kill her". Mohammed al-Qunun said she had recently renounced Islam and, for this reason, is afraid of being killed. In Saudi Arabia there is no freedom of conscience and those who abandon the Muslim faith or embrace another religion risk death for apostasy.