Rahaf al-Qunun given refugee status

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A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait, and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room.

She said, she feared her family would kill her for renouncing Islam.
Renunciation, known as Apostasy, is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Mohammed al-Qunun’s father and brother have arrived in Thailand, but she is refusing to see them.

Refugee status is normally granted by governments, but the UNHCR can grant it where states are unable or unwilling to do so. The UNHCR has referred her case to Australia, for possible resettlement. Australian officials say, if she is found to be a refugee, they we will give very serious consideration to a Humanitarian Visa.

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