Saudi Woman Fleeing Family under UN Care in Thailand

Thai authorities says a young Saudi woman who was stopped in Thailand as she tried to flee to Australia to seek asylum has left the Bangkok airport and is under the care of the U.N. refugee agency. "She is under the care of the UNHCR now but we also sent Thai security to help take care (of her)," the head of Thailand's Immigration Police  Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn told reporters about the case of the woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun.  He has said she will not be forcibly sent back to Saudi Arabia. The 18-year-old fled from Kuwait during a family vacation and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport Saturday night.   She had barricaded herself inside her airport hotel room and on Monday made several Twitter posts demanding she be allowed to meet with someone from the U.N.  In an earlier video post,  Alqunun can be seen pacing inside the hotel room and saying, "I just want to survive." "My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair. I am 100 percent certain they will kill me as soon as I get out of the Saudi jail," she said. Thai authorities had refused to let her into the country, saying she had no travel documents or money. But Alqunun says Saudi and Kuwait officials took away her passport when she arrived  -- a claim backed up by Human Rights Watch. "Thai authorities should immediately halt any deportation and either allow her to continue her travel to Australia or permit her to remain in Thailand to seek protection as a refugee," Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Michael Page said. He appealed to Saudi and Thai officials not to follow through with their initial plan to send Aqunun back to Kuwait on Monday.... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Saudi Woman Fleeing Family under UN Care in Thailand, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Saudi Woman Fleeing Family under UN Care in Thailand





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 7 January



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