Saudi woman 'trapped at Bangkok airport trying to flee family'

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      eridani
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      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46773625

      Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, says she was on a trip to Kuwait with her family when she fled on a flight two days ago.

      She was trying to head to Australia via a connecting flight in Bangkok.

      She told the BBC that she had renounced Islam, and feared she would be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family.

      The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says Ms Mohammed al-Qunun is frightened and confused. She says she has an Australian visa but her passport was seized by a Saudi diplomat when he met her coming off the flight at Suvarnabhumi airport.

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      I’m writing to express my deep concern regarding the forced return of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Saudi Arabia.

      I respectfully request that Thai authorities immediately halt any deportation, and either allow her to continue her travel to Australia or permit her to remain in Thailand to seek protection as a refugee.

      As stated by Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch “Saudi women fleeing their families can face severe violence from relatives, deprivation of liberty, and other serious harm if returned against their will”

      I call on your government to uphold Thailand’s commitments to protect Rahaf’s right to seek protection as a refugee.

      Sent to the following ,

      minister@mfa.go.th (Pramudwinai, Thai foreign minister)

      thaba@unhcr.org (the UNHCR in Thailand)

      help@nhrc.or.th ( the National Thai Office for Refugees)

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      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46806485

      A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN, the Australian government says. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room. “he said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

      The UN’s refugee agency has referred her case to Australia for possible resettlement.

      Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting international attention.

      In a brief statement, Australia’s Department of Home Affairs said it would “consider this referral in the usual way”. “The government will be making no further comment on this matter,” it said.

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      Saudi woman who fled to Thailand granted asylum in Canada

      https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-saudi-refugee-in-thailand-headed-to-canada/

      A young Saudi woman who is fleeing abuse from her family in the oil-rich and conservative Islamic kingdom has been granted asylum in Canada.

      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday that that the United Nations Human Rights Commission reached out to Canada to request that 18-year old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun be allowed to live in this country.

      “That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women’s rights around the world,” Mr. Trudeau told a news conference in Regina.

      Ms. al-Qunun had escaped from her family in Kuwait last Saturday and flew to Thailand to seek asylum, saying she feared her family would kill her if she returned to Saudi Arabia, where women are considered second-class citizens.

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