Tom we would all support her in any way we can.
It is not up to any of us to meddle in another country or cultures beliefs but, the one thing that should be held above all else is the sanctity of human life, and as abhorent as some of these customs may seem to some of us, there would not be an Australian who would not offer refuge to another person, be they male or female, in this situation!
Thanks for posting this Tom. Hopefully enough exposure of this sort of thing will help to drive from current humanity some of these medieval practices!
@Tom691, thanks for sharing this - she would have a safe place with me if she can get here in one piece. It's outrageous the treatment of women (and other 'minority' groups) in Saudi Arabia - a country with one of the worst human rights records on the planet. I am praying for her.
Hi, I live in Thailand so have been following the story,
Saudi teenager’s fate hangs in the balance
GOVT SHIFTS LINE ON ASYLUM SEEKER AFTER GLOBAL OUTCRY; SAUDI TEENAGER IS ALLOWED TO STAY IN THAILAND FOR FIVE DAYS UNDER THE CARE OF UN
THAILAND LANDED in hot water yesterday after government officials initially indicated they planned to deport a Saudi teenager who was stopped in Bangkok en route to Australia to seek asylum, drawing objections from the international community and rights advocates.
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan insisted yesterday morning that 18-year-old Rahaf Mohanned al-Qunun had to be sent back to her family despite her claims that they had abused her and would kill her when she returned.
You can follow the stories www.thaivisa.com
There is not a lot anyone can do at this moment, this is at Diplomatic level now and the guy in the photo in the uniform is the head of Immigration it seems he is trying to sort this out and there is lots of unanswered questions here,
We dont know why she was arrested supposidly she was in transit to Austrailia
The father and brother of a Saudi teenager, whose flight and plea for asylum has made international headlines, will travel to Thailand later today to give their accounts to the UN refugee agency, the Thai Immigration police chief said on Tuesday.
In case they wished to speak to Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi girl who ran away from her family during their trip to Kuwait, it would be up to the girl, Pol LtGeneral Surachet Hakparn said.
U.N. refers Saudi teen to Australia for refugee resettlement
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her, the Australian government said on Wednesday.
The teenager, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, arrived in Bangkok on the weekend appealing for asylum. Australia said it would consider resettling her if the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deemed her a refugee.
Thank you everyone for joining the war, saudi arabia and India has worst abuse towards womens right in the world. I hope this doesnt die down and shes found with her throat slit in a garbage can. you cannot trust saudi arabia.
I believe that she should be resettled in Australia, sooner, rather than later, as she, on the surface is recognised as having legitimate rights to seek asylum.
I also believe the Australian Government is leaning towards approval, if Dutton’s commentary can be trusted. They’ll see it as political scoring so she should be accepted.
Cynically stating: she could always work as an au pair. (Sorry global family, this is an inside Australia - political statement)