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CanadaThai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

16:32  11 january  2019
16:32  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Thai police: Saudi asylum seeker going to Canada

Thai police: Saudi asylum seeker going to Canada Thailand's immigration police chief says a Saudi woman who fled alleged abuse by her family will leave Bangkok for Canada. Police Chief Surachate Hakparn says the 18-year-old woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, is leaving on a flight late Friday evening. He gave no other details. He earlier said that several countries including Canada and Australia were in talks with the U.N. refugee agency on accepting Alqunun. © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, right, walks with an unidentified companion in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

BANGKOK (AP) - Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency on accepting a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family, Thai police said Friday. Thailand 's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the U.N

BANGKOK (AP) — Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police said Friday. Alqunun’s case has highlighted the cause of women ’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman© The Associated Press Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, right, walks with an unidentified companion in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Alqunun, the 18-year old Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum, remains in Thailand under the care of the U.N. refugee agency as she awaits a decision by a third country to accept her as a refugee. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK — Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the U.N. refugee agency on accepting a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family, Thai police said Friday.

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Thailand's immigration police chief, Surachate Hakparn, told reporters the U.N. was accelerating the case, though he gave no indication of when the process would be complete.

The Latest: Saudi woman fleeing family arrives in Canada

The Latest: Saudi woman fleeing family arrives in Canada An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home has arrived in Canada, which has granted her asylum. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says that Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is now in Canada. Standing with Alqunun by her side at Toronto's airport Saturday, Freeland said: "This a very brave new Canadian." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said Canada would accept Alqunun as a refugee, capping a dramatic week that saw her flee her family while visiting Kuwait and before flying to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation.

Thai police say several states considering accepting woman who fled alleged family abuse. Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept the Saudi asylum Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun says she will be killed if forced to return to abusive family.

A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. Officials in Australia have hinted that her request will be accepted .

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was stopped at a Bangkok airport last Saturday by Thai immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport.

While barricading herself in an airport hotel room, the 18-year-old launched a social media campaign via her Twitter account that drew global attention to her case. It garnered enough public and diplomatic support to convince Thai officials to admit her temporarily under the protection of U.N. officials.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees granted her refugee status on Wednesday.

Alqunun's case has highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia. Several female Saudis fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home. Human rights activists say many similar cases have gone unreported.

Canada should welcome Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

Canada should welcome Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun Canada should welcome Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun

Australia 's government says it will assess the resettlement case of a Saudi woman who fled from her family now that a UN agency has deemed her a Thailand 's immigration police chief, Lt.-Gen. Surachate Hakparn, said al-Qunun's father and brother arrived together in Bangkok on Tuesday, but

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 attempted to block a young woman 's effort to flee from her family and seek asylum abroad.

By Friday, Alqunun had closed down her Twitter account. Sophie McNeill, a reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation who got in contact with Alqunun while she was stuck in the airport hotel room and has kept in touch with her, said Friday in a Twitter posting that Alqunun "is safe and fine."

"She's just been receiving a lot of death threats," McNeill wrote, adding that Alqunun would be back on Twitter after a "short break."

Alqunun had previously said on Twitter that she wishes to seek refuge in Australia.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok on Thursday. She later told reporters that Australia is assessing Alqunun's request for resettlement but there was no specific timeframe.

Payne said she also raised Australia's concerns with Thai officials about Hakeem al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former member of Bahrain's national soccer team who was granted refugee status in Australia in 2017 after fleeing his homeland, where he said he was persecuted and tortured.

He was arrested while on holiday in Thailand last November due to an Interpol notice in which Bahrain sought his custody after he was sentenced in absentia in 2014 to 10 years in prison for allegedly vandalizing a police station — a charge he denies. Bahrain is seeking his extradition.

Al-Araibi's case is being considered by Thailand's justice system, she said.

Teen refugee arrives in Toronto.
TORONTO - A Saudi teen described as a "brave new Canadian" by one of the federal government's senior ministers has landed in Toronto after fleeing her allegedly abusive family. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Saturday morning aboard a flight from Seoul, South Korea, a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would accept her as a refugee. Alqunun, wearing a hoodie emblazened with the word Canada, appeared briefly to reporters at the airport flanked by Foreign Affairs Minsiter Chrystia Freeland, who had her arm wrapped around the teen.

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