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Canada open to receiving Saudi woman fleeing family

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Published on January 13, 2019 with No Comments

Canada has signalled it would be open to receiving a Saudi woman who barricaded herself inside a Bangkok hotel room. Canadian authorities, in behind-the-scenes conversations, have indicated they would be open to taking in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who fled her family and renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

After the 18-year-old refused to board a flight from the Thai capital to Kuwait on Monday, she barricaded herself inside an airport hotel room.The United Nation’s refugee agency has declared the teenager is a legitimate refugee. “I was told by UNHCR that there are several countries (offering asylum) but we can’t be rushed,” Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, head of Thai Immigration Police, told reporters at a press conference.

The teen has previously asked Canada for help via her Twitter account.

When told by Thai authorities that she would be put on a flight back to Kuwait, the teenager decided to barricade herself inside her room.“She opened her Twitter, explained what was happening, put a video on Twitter and within hours she had 45,000 followers,” Hamamdjian is reported to have said.

Al-Qunun’s father has denied physically abusing her or trying to force her into an arranged marriage. Those claims were among the reasons she gave for fleeing, Thailand’s Immigration Police chief said after meeting him.



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