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  • Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia 'detained in Bangkok airport'

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...ngkok/10688208

    Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia 'detained in Bangkok airport'

    By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane
    Updated about 5 hours ago


    An 18-year-old Saudi woman on her way to seek asylum in Australia is being held in an airport hotel in Bangkok, and says her family will kill her if she is forced back to Saudi Arabia.
    Key points:
    • Ms Alqunun said she expected to be forced on a plane to Kuwait and then Saudi Arabia on Monday
    • She said she was physically and psychologically abused by her family
    • The ABC has contacted Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment


    Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun flew from Kuwait and said she had a ticket onwards to Australia, but said when she arrived in Bangkok a Saudi diplomat met her at the Bangkok airport and forcibly confiscated her passport.
    Ms Alqunun is currently confined in a hotel inside the airport, watched by men she said were from the Saudi embassy and Kuwait Airlines.
    Interesting to see if this story fades away, or if it gets some traction. She appears to be a monty for an honour killing if she gets sent back home.

  • #2
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...plane/10693516

    She's avoided the first flight back. So that's a bonus.

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    • #3
      That's not the first time we hear about that exact same type of story.

      I remember the case of another woman who fled Saudi Arabia because of a forced marriage (or something, can't remember what). She was held at a airport, her passport confiscated and eventually sent back to Saudi Arabia.
      The story got some traction, but very little in the end. And all the influential and mainstream feminist movements, which were in their "golden age" at that time, remained silent.

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      • #4
        Well, she claims to have renounced Islam. This will not make her flavor of the month back in in Saudi Arabia.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tercio67 View Post
          Well, she claims to have renounced Islam. This will not make her flavor of the month back in in Saudi Arabia.
          Well lets see her in action in the airport bar, otherwise no ticket. And what's with her dirty jeans

          https://www.thejournal.ie/saudi-woma...26289-Jan2019/

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          • #6
            My prediction: SA will threaten to stop investing in Thailand (like they always do), the Thai government will blink first and send her back with a guarantee of the SA government that she won't be prosecuted but will be sent back to her family after which she'll be dead within 24 hours.

            If not they would have just let her travel on to Australia for which she had a passport and visa. The claws of SA got to the throat of the Thai government before she managed to make her connection.

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            • #7
              Good thing this internet.

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              • #8
                Nation of peace.

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                • #9
                  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...ngkok/10693516

                  Thai officials promise not to deport Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia

                  By South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane and staff
                  Updated about 4 hours ago


                  Thai authorities will not send a distressed Saudi teenager who is attempting to seek asylum in Australia back to Saudi Arabia.
                  Key points:

                  • The UN Refugee Agency is seeking access from Thai authorities to meet with Ms Alqunun
                  • The Government is being urged to issue Ms Alqunun with emergency travel documents
                  • It is not the first time a Saudi woman has been detained by authorities en route to Australia


                  Rahaf Alqunun, 18, flew from Kuwait and said she had a ticket onwards to Australia where she had hoped to seek asylum over fears her family would kill her for renouncing Islam.
                  But when she arrived in Bangkok she said a Saudi diplomat met her at the airport and tricked her into handing over her passport and ticket, saying he would secure a visa.
                  Ms Alqunun then barricaded herself inside her room at an airport hotel, and requested to speak to the United Nations refugee office.

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                  • #10
                    https://www.thejournal.ie/saudi-woma...26289-Jan2019/
                    The 18-year-old said she had planned to seek asylum in Australia and feared she would be killed if repatriated by Thai immigration officials who stopped her during transit yesterday.
                    ...
                    Surachate had told reporters earlier Monday Qunun was stopped by immigration because Saudi officials had contacted them to say she had fled her family.
                    What a stupid excuse to stop her transit. She's 18, why would "fleeing her family" matter? Assholes!

                    Best wishes to the young girl. Hope she makes it.

                    And yea, when a perverse government is hunting you down with vigor while using such a weak pretense, that's when asylum should be granted. Once safety in achieved, you can debate all you want...

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                    • #11
                      A number of years ago, we ran a thread on the old forum collating and tracking the targeted assassination, accidents, and outlier deaths involving those in the Iranian Nuclear Program’s orbit.

                      It was pretty eye opening(and obvious) in aggregate.

                      Fast forward to today and it appears worthwhile to run a thread collating and tracking Saudi targeted assassinations, kidnappings, and missing persons.

                      Here’s a pair of high profile Saudi citizens(married couple) who’ve disappeared down the black hole:

                      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahad_Albutairi

                      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loujain_al-Hathloul

                      These are just a pair of the high profile ones.

                      Many have been pinched getting conned onto private jets that are diverted, or on the ground in Jordan, UAE, and even Europe.

                      These Saudi kill/capture teams need to be hunted like Eizengruppen and disappeared for having the arrogance and hubris to act with such international impunity on behalf of the inbred retard kingdom.

                      Sadly, it would appear the secret “enemy of my enemies” alliance between Israel and the House of Saud has likely resulted in the purchased mobile/social intercept capability the Saudi mongoloids magically enjoy.

                      I don’t know what to think about this...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BogT View Post
                        https://www.thejournal.ie/saudi-woma...26289-Jan2019/


                        What a stupid excuse to stop her transit. She's 18, why would "fleeing her family" matter? Assholes!

                        Best wishes to the young girl. Hope she makes it.

                        And yea, when a perverse government is hunting you down with vigor while using such a weak pretense, that's when asylum should be granted. Once safety in achieved, you can debate all you want...
                        Apparently a Saudi diplomat forcibly took her passport and traveling tickets iirc?

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                        • #13
                          https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-...n-room/1069763

                          Reports her Father and Brother have arrived in Thailand.

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                          • #14
                            Saudi teen who fled from family & dramatically self-barricaded in Thailand gets UN refugee status

                            Fleeing her family and ‘saved’ from deportation following social media outcry, a young Saudi woman is one step closer to receiving asylum in Australia, while local officials say she won’t get “special treatment.”
                            The UN High Commissioner for Refugees granted refugee status to Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, on Wednesday. She was referred to Australia for resettlement.
                            The Australian government said that it will evaluate al-Qunun’s case according to its standard procedures, just like it does with other UN referrals, and declined to make further comment. Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton told reporters that the Saudi woman won’t get any “special treatment” with regards to the asylum process.
                            https://www.rt.com/news/448352-rahaf...hMC9Hmh0NrXfFU

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                            • #15
                              Looks like for once the UN was useful...

                              I hope she finds peace somewhere far and hidden from her barbaric and backward family.

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