UPDATE: Saudi woman fleeing her family granted refugee status by UN
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An 18-year-old woman fleeing Saudi Arabia has been recognized as a refugee by the United Nations after she hid inside a hotel room in Thailand to prevent her forcible return.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) assessed Rahaf al-Qunun’s claims and referred her to Australia for possible resettlement, The Guardian reported Wednesday.
The article goes on to state the following:
Qunun made headlines over the weekend after she barricaded herself inside a hotel room near the Bangkok airport to prevent being placed on a return flight to Saudi Arabia. She claims that she is fleeing her abusive family who have threatened to kill her since she renounced Islam.
For all countries that can help , we ask for urgent protection , only you can save my life.#saverahaf
— Rahaf Mohammed رهف محمد (@rahaf84427714) January 8, 2019
Don’t let anyone break your wings, you’re free. fight and get your RIGHTS!
— Rahaf Mohammed رهف محمد (@rahaf84427714) January 9, 2019
— Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) January 7, 2019
Video from @rahaf84427714 just sent from her hotel room at the #Bangkok airport. She has barricaded herself in the room & says she will not leave until she is able to see #UNHCR. Why is #Thailand not letting @Refugees see her for refugee status determination? @hrw #SaveRahaf pic.twitter.com/3lb2NDRsVG
— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) January 7, 2019
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