Australia considering resettlement for runaway Saudi woman

Australia considering resettlement for runaway Saudi woman

Australia considering resettlement for runaway Saudi woman

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, was planning to fly to the country on a tourist visa and apply for asylum but was detained by Thai authorities at Bangkok airport on Sunday.

Australia said it will now decide whether to grant al-Qunun asylum.

The Australian government previously said it would carefully consider granting a visa to Qunun if she is found to be a refugee by the United Nations. "Ask the Canadian government to protect Rahaf", a tweet from early Tuesday morning says.

Thai authorities arrested and charged AlAraibi, a Bahraini footballer who has a refugee status in Australia, late past year.

The representative in Australia of Human Rights Watch, Elaine Pearson, said it was encouraging that Alqunun was able to highlight her situation using social media, and she hoped more Saudi women might act similarly.

Thailand's immigration police chief met Tuesday with officials from the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, as Saudi Arabia tried to distance itself from accusations that it tried to block a young woman's effort to flee her family and seek asylum overseas. After mounting a campaign for assistance on Twitter, she was allowed to temporarily stay in Thailand under the care of the U.N.'s refugee agency, which ruled her claim for asylum valid. "I'm rahaf mohmed, formally seeking a refugee status to any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family", she tweeted on Monday.

"Please I need u all".

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"Shouting out for help of humanity", another read. "And I would have preferred it better if her phone was taken instead of her passport". "We are both concerned for Miss Rahaf's safety and well-being", Surachate said.

On the same day, she refused to meet with her father and brother who traveled to Thailand. "She fled hardship. Thailand is a land of smiles. We will not send anyone to d‌i‌e", he was quoted as saying.

But that did not stop Surachate himself from responding to the case on the platform, at one point writing on his official account that "we stand for humanity".

She barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel but left the airport on January 7 after speaking to the United Nations refugee agency.

Ms Al-Qunun's Twitter account has attracted tens of thousands of followers in less than 48 hours and her story grabbed the attention of governments, activists and well-known figures all over the world. He described the man as being a governor in Saudi Arabia.

Dina Ali Lasloom, a then-24-year-old Saudi woman, had arrived in Asia from Kuwait and also wanted to travel on to Australia when she recorded a video message pleading for help.

"Indicating that if she had a valid claim we'd support their efforts to offer her settlement in Australia", Senator Wong told the ABC's AM on Thursday.

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Alqunun alleged several times that Saudi officials were involved in seizing her passport.

"Due to privacy concerns, we can not comment on a specific case without signed consent", said Nancy Caron, a spokeswoman for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

"It has been reported that Rahaf had a Visa to go to Australia, and meant to apply for asylum".

When someone makes very serious allegations of abuse, torture or a threat to their life, authorities have to take it at face value and allow the proper protocols of investigation to occur, Ms Stirling said.

Some Saudi female runaways fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum overseas in recent years.

Qunun told the world of her plight on social media, drawing widespread concern.

According to the global law's principle of non-refoulement, asylum seekers can not be returned to their country of origin if their life is under threat. She was forced to return to Saudi Arabia and was not publicly heard from again, according to activists tracking her whereabouts.

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Saudi Arabia's human rights record has been under heavy scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a year ago.

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