Australia to consider taking in Saudi teen who fled family 'abuse'
12 January, 2019, 08:05 | Author: Sheila Harris
Officials said they would "consider this referral in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR referrals".
Australian officials have strongly hinted that Qunun's request will be accepted.
THE Saudi teenager fleeing her family has been thrown a lifeline by the Australian Government, which indicated it was likely to grant her a humanitarian visa.
A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees at its Geneva headquarters, Babar Baloch, said Tuesday it's premature to say what will happen next, but that it could take several days for the agency to look into Alqunun's claims.
Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun in Bangkok.
Rights group Amnesty International said Thai authorities should "show humanity" to AlAraibi the same way they had to Qunun.
The teen wrote of being in "real danger" if she is forced to return to her family, posting a copy of her passport to prove her identity.
Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun, 18, claims she was abducted and had her passport confiscated by Saudi Arabian diplomatic staff after she arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday.
The minister said the matter would be resolved "in due course", but said it was up to the 18-year-old if she wanted to apply to come to Australia while her case is determined.
"We have no idea what he is going to do", he said.
The teenager told officials that she has renounced Islam and feared that her family and relatives would kill her if she returned.
Ms Alqunun garnered global attention when she took her plight to social media this week, tweeting that she had "nothing to lose".
Ms Alqunun's case has again highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.
"I want Canada to give me asylum!" she tweeted in the early morning on Tuesday.
Ms Alqunun has refused to meet her father and brother who flew to Bangkok this week, Thai immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said. Thai officials eventually returned her passport and allowed her to stay in the country, under the care of the United Nations, following public pressure.
In 2017, Dina Ali Lasloom triggered a firestorm online when she was stopped en route to Australia, where she planned to seek asylum.
"[Ms] Rahaf is not a political asylum case", he insisted.
"My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things", Al-Qunun told Reuters, describing "physical, emotional and verbal abuse and being imprisoned inside the house for months". Qunun, a daughter of a senior regional government official, also revealed that Saudi and Kuwaiti officials confiscated her passport upon her arrival.
When someone makes very serious allegations of abuse, torture or a threat to their life, authorities have to take it at face value and allow the proper protocols of investigation to occur, Ms Stirling said.
Activists are concerned about what Saudi Arabia will do after Thai authorities reversed a decision to expel her and allowed Qunun to enter the country under the care of the UNHCR.
In some cases, Saudi authorities were involved in forcing women to return to their families and in other cases, local authorities suspected the women of seeking asylum and deported them, the activist said.
Alqunun's shrewd use of social media - one of the few tools available to her while barricaded in a hotel room - may have been her saving grace.
It comes at a time when Riyadh is facing unusually intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October and over the humanitarian consequences of its war in Yemen.
Hart backed out of the hosting gig after people discovered years-old tweets where the comedian and actor made homophobic comments. Ultimately he called on his critics to be more accepting that people can change. "The fight is the will and want for equality".
Apple doesn't do CES , but Apple-related news and rumors usually dominate the biggest consumer electronics show of the year. The other two iPhone models will be the direct successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max phones , revealed a report .
The recalls forced Takata of Japan to seek bankruptcy protection and sell most of its assets to pay for the fixes. Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles in North America to replace potentially deadly airbga inflators.
After considering their reply, it was decided that the BCCI would proceed against both for misconduct and indiscipline. Virat KohlI: "We would have batted first as well but some of the players are inclined towards chasing.
'You have to balance the players because they play a lot of matches in the next month, with the Europa League and the FA Cup. I can not tell you more". "We can not sign permanently", he added. "At the moment, I haven't got any news".
The Red Cross has a number to call for anyone who suspects a family member may have been injured in the crash. Gabe Rivett-Carnac arrived at Westboro station on a double-decker bus himself about an hour before the crash.
Willian was on Thursday linked with Barcelona , but Sarri ruled out the prospect of the Brazilian departing this month. Asked where he felt Chelsea needed reinforcements, Sarri said: "As you can understand, I cannot tell you where".
Ajith-starrer Viswasam leaked online by Tamilrockers
It marks the fourth collaboration between Ajith and director Siva after crackling hits like Vedhalam , Veeram and Vivegam . By the way, the fans' name also happens to be Ajith who is presently arrested by police and his father in a hospital.
Woman Wakes Up Unable To Hear Men's Voices
This condition hinders Chen's ability to hear low frequency sounds, such as the average grown man's voice. It is not easy to treat RSHL as most health care professionals are trained to treat high-frequency loss.
UAE beat India in Pulsating AFC Asian Cup Match - Highlights
Thailand will have to wait for the results from all the groups to see if they qualify as one of the best third-placed teams. India then hit the post once more in the last few minutes of the game but couldn't convert and lost the match 2-0.
Air travel fears up amid U.S. govt shutdown
But Chin said the airport has been monitoring security checkpoints and they have not seen abnormal delays. Unions will hold a rally on Thursday on Capitol Hill urging an end to the shutdown.
‘Criminal Minds’ Will End After 15 Seasons On CBS
Criminal Minds features an ensemble cast and previous stars include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson . We are so proud to have aired it. "It speaks to everything we do best, which is air quality television".
Saudi Arabia to slash oil exports after price slide
OPEC and its allies decided last month to cut their overall output by 1.2 million bpd starting January to shore up sliding prices. Saudi Arabia , the world's top oil exporter, is the third biggest crude producer after the United States and Russian Federation .