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CanadaThe Latest: Saudi woman fleeing family arrives in Canada

17:55  12 january  2019
17:55  12 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Teen refugee arrives in Toronto

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.

BANGKOK — Canada granted asylum on Friday to an 18-year-old Saudi runaway who feared death from her family if she were deported home from Thailand, and Thai officials said she had left “smiling and healthy” for a new life.

Alqunun, the 18-year old Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum, remains in Thailand under the care of Thai authorities initially threatened to deport her after she arrived in Bangkok from Kuwait last weekend. But late Friday Thailand’s immigration police chief said she was bound for Canada .

The Latest: Saudi woman fleeing family arrives in Canada © The Associated Press Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun walks 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)

TORONTO — The Latest on Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

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.

Helping Alqunun won't hurt Badawi: wife

Helping Alqunun won't hurt Badawi: wife The Canadian wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi said she isn't worried Ottawa's decision to take in teen refugee Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun will hurt her husband's case, despite speculation that the incident could further strain Canada-Saudi relations. Ensaf Haidar said the Canadian government did the right thing in granting refugee status to the 18-year-old woman who drew global attention after fleeing her allegedly abusive family. "I'm happy for her," Haidar said in a phone interview. "I'm very proud of Canada, too. That's what a democratic country is.

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada , Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Qunun will board a connecting flight to Toronto from Seoul’s Incheon airport. She is expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday morning.

Saudi teen fleeing family granted asylum in Canada . Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, a Saudi woman who fled her country and family , in Bangkok on Jan. BANGKOK — A Saudi woman who fled her family claiming fear of her life and used social media to amplify her calls for safe haven was granted

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. The case grabbed global attention after she mounted a social media campaign for asylum.

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman Police in Thailand say 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. Thailand's immigration police chief says the U.N. is accelerating the case, though he gave no indication of when the process would be complete. 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.

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Anna Mehler Paperny. BANGKOK/TORONTO (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada , Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday

An 18-year-old Saudi woman seeking passage to asylum in Australia after fleeing her family in Saudi Arabia Thai immigration police later released photos of the teenager after she left her hotel room late on Monday. She also said her father had arrived in Thailand. Rahaf Mohammed رهف محمد القنون

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12:02 a.m.

An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home was expected to arrive Saturday in Canada, which has granted her asylum.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would accept Rahaf Mohammed 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. The case grabbed global attention after she mounted a social media campaign for asylum.

Saudi teen refugee Rahaf Mohammed is dropping her last name. Here’s how she’s starting her new life

Saudi teen refugee Rahaf Mohammed is dropping her last name. Here’s how she’s starting her new life Rahaf Mohammed will no longer use her last name as she starts her new life in Canada. After a frantic 10 days that saw the Saudi Arabian teen flee her family, barricade herself in a Thai hotel room, galvanize international support over social media and ultimately be granted asylum in Canada, Mohammed held a brief press conference on Tuesday in Toronto to thank Canadians for welcoming her. READ MORE: Canada’s acceptance of teen refugee could spark backlash against Saudi women, experts caution "I would like to start by saying thank you," she said in a statement in Arabic translated into English moments later.

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for She thanked everyone for helping her, he said, and added that the first thing she would do upon arrival in Canada would be to start learning the language.

An 18-year-old Saudi asylum-seeker who fled to Thailand, saying she feared her family She arrived in Bangkok on Saturday and was initially denied entry at the airport, where she barricaded herself in a Canada ’s apparent decision to accept Qunun could further upset its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

It highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, where several women fleeing abuse by their families were caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home. Human rights activists say many similar cases go unreported.

"Canada has been unequivocal," Trudeau said. "We will always stand up for human rights and women's rights around the world."

Alqunun is flying to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea, according to Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn. Alqunun tweeted two pictures from her plane seat — one with what appears to be a glass of wine and her passport and another holding her passport while on the plane with the hastag "I did it" and the emojis showing plane, hearts and wine glass.

Canada's decision to grant her asylum could further upset the country's relations with Saudi Arabia.

Canada shouldn’t use teenage Saudi refugee as a ‘political football’: ex-ambassador.
Dennis Horak has first-hand knowledge of the testy relationship between Canada and Saudi Arabia, having been expelled from Riyadh in August amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries.

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