US NewsSaudi teen who fled 'abusive' family is to fly to Canada

17:40  11 january  2019
17:40  11 january  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland

Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland She said she hoped the international attention on her story will be a catalyst for change. “I think the number of women fleeing from the Saudi administration and abuse will increase, especially since there is no system to stop them,” Ms Alqunun said. “I’m sure that there will be a lot more women running away. I hope my story encourages other women to be brave and free. I hope my story prompts a change to the law, especially as it’s been exposed to the world. This might be the agent for change,” she added. Ms Alqunun fled her family while visiting Kuwait before flying to Bangkok.

A Saudi teenager who fled from her " abusive " family says she is "happy" after being given UN refugee status. Rahaf Alqunun, who fears being Image: Thai police say the 18-year-old is refusing to see her father who has flown to Bangkok to meet her. She barricaded herself in a hotel room at the

Also on rt.com Saudi teen who fled from family & dramatically self-barricaded in Thailand gets UN refugee status. Rahaf fled first to Kuwait with a view to flying to Australia to seek asylum, but was intercepted in Bangkok airport, where she alleges a Saudi diplomat seized her passport.

Saudi teen who fled 'abusive' family is to fly to Canada © Other Rahaf Alqunun is to leave Thailand after fleeing her family A Saudi teenager who fled her homeland for Thailand to escape her "abusive" family is to fly to Canada, Thai officials say.

Thailand's immigration chief said Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun would be leaving the country on Friday after she was granted asylum in Canada.

The move comes after the 18-year-old, who will be flying from Bangkok to Seoul before taking a connecting flight to Canada, was given refugee status by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Wednesday.

Earlier on Friday, several countries - including Canada and Australia - were in talks with the UN's refugee agency to accept Ms Alqunun.

The woman, who previously said her passport was seized after being stopped an airport in Bangkok on Saturday, had barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign, drawing attention from around the world.

Several Saudi women fleeing abuse by their families have tried to seek asylum abroad in recent years but have been sent back home.

Human rights campaigners say many similar cases have gone unreported.

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Opinions | How Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun embodies the struggles of many Saudi women.
That Alqunun and many other women are willing to take dramatic risks to escape testifies to the dire realities they face in Saudi Arabia. This is despite the fact that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has relentlessly sold himself as a liberator of women, touting promises to increase female participation in society and insisting in an interview that women are “absolutely” equal in Saudi Arabia. From the beginning of his ascent to power, MBS has repeatedly betrayed this supposed commitment to Saudi women.

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