The UN’s refugee company has stated it’s “very grateful” that officers in Thailand didn’t deport an 18-year-old Saudi girl who fled her household on the weekend.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and had barricaded herself into her airport lodge room.
She stated she feared her household would kill her as she had renounced Islam.
Renunciation, generally known as apostasy, is punishable by demise in Saudi Arabia.
Ms Mohammed al-Qunun left Bangkok airport “underneath the care” of the UNHCR.
Thai immigration officers had stated that she ought to return to Kuwait, the place her household is.
The UNHCR stated that Ms Mohammed al-Qunun’s asylum declare would take “a number of days” to evaluate.
Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Thailand has denied that its authorities in Riyadh requested her extradition, studies the Reuters information company.
“My brothers and household and the Saudi embassy will likely be ready for me in Kuwait,” Ms Mohammed al-Qunun earlier instructed Reuters.
“My life is at risk. My household threatens to kill me for essentially the most trivial issues.”
Her kin haven’t commented on her claims.
Rights teams together with Human Rights Watch have expressed grave issues for Ms Mohammed al-Qunun, who had travelled to Thailand for a connecting flight to Australia, the place she hoped to hunt asylum.
The Australian authorities stated it could intently monitor the case, calling Ms Mohammed al-Qunun’s allegations “deeply regarding”.
On Monday night native time, Thailand’s chief of immigration police Surachate Hakparn confirmed that Ms Mohammed al-Qunun was “allowed to remain”, and that she “left the airport with the UNHCR”.
He earlier stated the nation would “care for her as finest we will”, including: “She is now underneath the sovereignty of Thailand; no-one and no embassy can power her to go wherever.
“Thailand is a land of smiles. We won’t ship anybody to die.”
Mr Surachate stated he would meet Saudi diplomats on Tuesday to make clear Thailand’s choice.
Ms Mohammed al-Qunun tweeted that her father had arrived, “which apprehensive and scared me rather a lot”, however stated she felt secure “underneath UNHCR safety with the settlement of Thailand authorities”.
Thailand isn’t a signatory to the UN Refugee Conference and gives no authorized safety to asylum seekers though there are greater than 100,000 refugees within the nation.
An injunction filed by Thai attorneys in Bangkok legal court docket to cease the deportation was dismissed earlier on Monday.