"I am the girl who fled Kuwait to Thailand
An 18-year-old woman from Saudi Arabia has been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and fears being murdered if she is sent home. She was reportedly held at the airport at the request of Saudi officials who wish to prevent her from escaping to Australia.
The woman, identified as Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, tweeted about her detention and fears at the airport on Sunday, Jan. 6, and said that she had managed to escape while she was not there. she was in Kuwait with her family. Unlike Saudi Arabia, women in Kuwait do not need permission from a guardian to leave the country.
She added that her passport had been confiscated upon her arrival in Bangkok even though she possessed a visa for Australia. Al-Qunun also posted a video of the airport in which she said she was stopped at the airport and then tweeted an image of her passport.
"I am the girl who fled Kuwait to Thailand, I am really in danger because the Saudi Embassy is trying to force me to return to Saudi Arabia, while I am at the airport waiting for my second flight. " she wrote. The woman revealed that she wanted to be granted refugee status in "any country that would protect me from injury or death caused by the abandonment of my religion and the torture of my family".
"I can not run away from the airport, I tried but I was not able to, and a security guard is watching me," she said in the video.
Addressing the Daily Mail, Qunan said that her family was extremely angry and that she would kill her. "I'm scared, my brother said he was waiting with Saudis, they will take me to Saudi Arabia and my father will kill me because he is so angry." she added.
"He's going to kill me, my family is doing it, I know them, they would not stop telling me that they would kill me if I did something wrong – they say that since I was a kid."
Will Thailand deport the Qunan?
We know that Thailand is transporting refugees to countries such as China and Pakistan, and it was said that Qunan would also be sent back to his country of origin.
However, after the online publication of Qunan's message, Human Rights Watch asked the Thai government to grant refuge to this woman, as she risks being exposed to a "serious risk" if she is deported. . She also stated that she did not need a visa because she had not asked to enter Thailand.
The charity also urged the Thai government to let Qunan approach the UNHCR office in Bangkok to apply for asylum.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch Asia, told the Daily Mail: "As far as we can judge, his father is a prominent government official, I guess it's going to be very severe. he wants his daughter and no one will raise his finger against him.
"There is a long history of what they call" violence of honor ".
I think she's seriously in danger. We lobbied the UN to get in there. They must go to the airport. "