An 18-year old Saudi woman who fled her country due to alleged abuse from family members will be granted asylum in Canada, says Prime Minister Trudeau.
Al-Qunun told Human Rights Watch that she was fleeing abuse from her male relatives, including death threats from those who forced her to remain in her room in Saudi Arabia for six months, for cutting her hair. Al-Qunun was stopped on her flight from Kuwait in Thailand, as she was seeking asylum in Australia. She claims to already have had a Visa ready to relocate there.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has reportedly spent nearly a week barricaded in a Bangkok hotel room.
“The [UN High COmmissioner for Refugees] has made a request of Canada that we accept Ms. al-Qunun as a refugee and we have accepted the UN’s request that we grant her asylum,” he told reporters
al-Qunun’s story made headlines across the globe after she was stopped at a Bangkok airport by Thai immigration officers, denied entry to the country, and had her passport sized.
Thailand’s immigration chief has said that Al-Qunun is already on her way to Toronto.
“Canada has granted her asylum,” Surachate Hakpark told Reuters. “She’ll leave tonight at 11:15 p.m.,”