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A Saudi citizen who fled her family to seek asylum in Australia reportedly passed a UN refugee evaluation which means she can’t be sent home.
Rahaf al-Qunun barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room, documented on a viral Twitter page. She says her family thinks of her as a slave, and will kill her for renouncing Islam.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees granted her official refugee status on Wednesday, according to the Guardian and BBC.
Refugee status means the UN thinks a person’s fears are well-founded. International law means such people cannot be sent back to the place they are fleeing.
Australia said it will now decide whether to grant al-Qunun asylum.

A Saudi teen who locked herself in a Bangkok hotel room to escape family who she says “consider me as property” has reportedly been judged to be a legitimate refugee by the UN. This would mean that she can’t be sent back to them.

Rahaf al-Qunun, 18, flew to Thailand on Saturday from Kuwait, where her plan was to continue to Australia and lodge an asylum claim.

But she was intercepted by Thai authorities, who initially wanted to send her back to her family. al-Qunun says her family consider her a “slave”, and would kill her if she were sent back, as punishment for renouncing Islam.

To avoid this, al-Qunun barricaded herself into a hotel room in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, and started tweeting about her situation. Her story went viral, and she was put under the protection of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

On Wednesday, Australia’s Home Affairs Department confirmed to INSIDER that the UNHCR had referred al-Qunun to them “for consideration for refugee resettlement.”

News outlets, including the Guardian and the BBC, reported that this followed al-Qunun being granted UN refugee status.

The UNHCR declined to confirm this to INSIDER, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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