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18:20  11 january  2019
18:20  11 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia 'detained in Bangkok airport'

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia 'detained in Bangkok airport' An 18-year-old Saudi woman on her way to seek asylum in Australia is being held in an airport hotel in Bangkok, and says her family will kill her if she is forced back to Saudi Arabia. Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun flew from Kuwait and said she had a ticket onwards to Australia, but said when she arrived in Bangkok a Saudi diplomat met her at the Bangkok airport and forcibly confiscated her passport. Ms Alqunun is currently confined in a hotel inside the airport, watched by men she said were from the Saudi embassy and Kuwait Airlines.

Thai police say several states considering accepting woman who fled alleged family abuse.

Thai police say a Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad has refused to meet with her father in Thailand .

BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family is leaving Bangkok on Friday and will fly to Canada, Thailand's immigration police chief said.

What’s Next for Fleeing Saudi Woman?

What’s Next for Fleeing Saudi Woman? A look at the path ahead for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun as a United Nations agency decides whether she qualifies for protection as a refugee.

Saudi asylum seeker 'taken home' by family. Image caption Thailand 's chief of immigration police , Surachate Hakparn, said Thailand would not deport the young Thailand is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and provides no legal protection to asylum seekers , although there are more

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say a Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad has refused to meet with her father in Thailand . Thailand ’s immigration police chief says Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun’s father and brother arrived together in Bangkok on Tuesday but Alqunun has

Police Chief Surachate Hakparn said the 18-year-old woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, would leave late Friday evening. He gave no other details.

He earlier said several countries including Canada and Australia were in talks with the U.N. refugee agency on accepting Alqunun.

A spokesman for Canada's foreign minister said he could not confirm she was coming to Canada.

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.

UN says Saudi teen is refugee, Australia to consider settlement

UN says Saudi teen is refugee, Australia to consider settlement The United Nations has found that a teenage woman who fled Saudi Arabia is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to take her in, officials in Canberra said Wednesday. "The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement," the Department of Home Affairs confirmed in a statement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

BANGKOK: Thai police say a Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad has refused to meet with her father in Thailand . Thailand 's immigration police chief says Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's father and brother arrived together in Bangkok on Tuesday but Alqunun has refused to

Surachate Hakparn, chief of the Thai immigration police , before When Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, landed in Thailand on Saturday, she became a prisoner. Rather than allowing her to fly to Australia and seek asylum , Thai officials detained her in a hotel and prepared to

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

She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign 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, who granted her refugee status on Wednesday.

If Canada is taking Alqunun, it could further upset Saudi-Canada relations. In August, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador to the kingdom and withdrew its own ambassador after Canada's foreign ministry tweeted support for the arrests of women's right activists. The Saudis also sold Canadian investments and ordered their citizens studying in Canada to leave.

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

Australia FM visits Thailand amid Saudi asylum seeker saga

Australia FM visits Thailand amid Saudi asylum seeker saga Australia's foreign minister Marise Payne met her Thai counterpart Thursday, as her country appeared poised to offer to asylum to a young Saudi woman who fled her family to Thailand in a drama relayed in real-time over Twitter. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's attempt to flee the ultra-conservative kingdom has become a cause celebre for rights groups since the 18-year-old landed in Bangkok from Kuwait over the weekend. Thai authorities had threatened to deport her but with the help of activists, diplomats and a hastily opened Twitter account Qunun launched an impassioned campaign for asylum.

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai police say a Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad has refused to meet with her father in Thailand . Thailand 's immigration police chief says Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's father and brother arrived together in Bangkok on Tuesday but Alqunun has

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say a Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum abroad has refused to meet with her father in Thailand . Thailand 's immigration police chief says Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's father and brother arrived together in Bangkok on Tuesday but Alqunun has

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok on Thursday. She later told reporters that Australia was assessing Alqunun's request for resettlement.

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.

Canada PM renews calls for Saudi blogger's release.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed calls for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi after meeting his wife on Friday, calling the issue "a priority" for him and all Canadians. Trudeau said Canadians' view of Saudi Arabia had been defined in part by its treatment of Badawi, who was jailed for 10 years for insulting Islam and has received 50 lashes of 1,000 to which he was sentenced. Badawi's wife and three children have lived in Canada since being granted asylum in 2013, a year after his jailing. "Freeing Raif Badawi is a priority not just for me and for his family but for all Canadians," Trudeau said.

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