Saudi woman is refugee, Australia must resettle

Saudi Runaway Woman

Saudi Runaway Woman

It said it would "consider this referral in the usual way" as it does with all UNHCR referrals.

Canberra has hinted that it will likely grant her asylum.

But Saudi Arabia's charge d'affairs in Bangkok, Abdullah al-Shuaibi, denied Saudi authorities were involved.

At about 1am on Monday morning, Ms Qunun posted a video of herself pushing a table to barricade her hotel room door.

The young woman, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, had also tweeted: "I had been threatened to be killed before and they aren't afraid to threaten me in public".

"Please I need u all".

Officials at the airport allegedly at first refused to give the United Nations access to the teenager before representatives finally entered the hotel room and took her into UN protection.

Alqunun's father, a Saudi government official, and brother arrived in Bangkok on the evening of January 8 and immediately demanded to see her.

The kingdom's diplomats met with Thai immigration officials on Tuesday.

"The father and brother want to go and talk to Rahaf but the United Nations will need to approve such talk", General Surachate told reporters.

"Her father is relieved that she is safe", Mr Surachate said, adding that the "UNHCR will find a third country that will accept her in two days". "There were several Arabic speakers who came and were using threatening language to try and force her back on the plane", Ms McNeill recalled. "We are both concerned for Miss Rahaf's safety and well-being", said Surachate.

Pol Lt General Surachate Hakparn said on Wednesday that he planned to have immigration laws that have been used for more than 40 years reviewed. "She fled hardship. Thailand is a land of smiles. We will not send anyone to d‌i‌e", he was quoted as saying.

Within hours, a campaign sprung up on Twitter dubbed #SaveRahaf.

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Alqunun ran from this oppression, and her bravery means more people are speaking out against the terrifying Saudi regime.

According to 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, she fled from her family during a trip to Kuwait to escape the physical and psychological a‌b‌us‌e she received from them.

A statement from the Saudi Embassy describes al-Qunun's case as a "family affair", and that the kingdom did not demand her deportation to Saudi Arabia.

She said she had asserted her independence, but had been forced to pray and wear a hijab and alleged she had been beaten by her brother.

At 11am on Sunday in Thailand - about eight hours after Ms Qunun began tweeting - Human Rights Watch's Mr Robertson, who is based in Bangkok, also began tweeting about the case.

"We would have hoped that you'd have confiscated her cell phone - it would have been preferable to taking her passport", Sheaibi said, eliciting timid laughter from the translator.

"Rahaf is not a political asylum case", he insisted.

Saudi prisoner Raif Badawi's Canadian wife Ensaf Haider and Arab-American activist Mona Eltahawy kept up a relentless barrage of tweets that were invaluable in turning the plight of the Saudi rebel into a worldwide case. My family do this, I know them.

But social media is emerging as a tool to shield asylum seekers from summary deportation.

She says Thailand's authorities attempted to block her from travelling to Australia to claim asylum.

In 2017, a young Saudi woman Dina Ali Lasloom was forcibly returned to her homeland after she was detained at Manila airport in the Philippines, and has since reportedly disappeared.

In October, the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey further heightened tensions and put global scrutiny on the country's human rights record.

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