An 18-year-outdated Saudi lady who fled her family asserting she feared for her existence, became as soon as attributable to advance in Canada on Saturday, after being granted asylum within the North American country.
Canadian High Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged on Friday that Canada had permitted a ask from the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to absorb Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who grabbed world attention this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to withstand being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse.
“Canada is a country that understands how crucial it’s to face up for human rights, to face up for ladies’s rights all during the realm, and I will verify that now we beget permitted the UN’s ask,” he immediate journalists.
The determination is at risk of exacerbate Canada’s already uncomfortable family members with Saudi Arabia, which final year barred the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh after Ottawa criticised Saudi authorities for detaining female activists.
Saudi teen detained in Thailand fears deportation (1:31)
Alqunun arrived in Bangkok on Saturday and became as soon as in the beginning denied entry, nonetheless she quickly started posting messages on Twitter from the transit space of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport asserting she had “escaped Kuwait” and her existence would be in hassle if forced to attain support to Saudi Arabia.
Following a forty eight-hour stand-off at Bangkok airport, a pair of of it barricaded in a transit lounge hotel room, she became as soon as allowed to enter Thailand and became as soon as then processed as a refugee by the UNHCR.
The UNHCR welcomed Canada’s determination and also acknowledged Thailand had given Alqunun transient refuge.
“Ms. Alqunun’s pickle has captured the realm’s attention over the previous few days, providing a ask into the precarious tell of tens of millions of refugees worldwide,” UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi acknowledged in a statement.
Alqunun has accused her family of abuse, and has refused to fulfill her father and brother who arrived in Bangkok to select on a detect at make a choice her support to Saudi Arabia.
“It became as soon as her admire to pass to Canada,” Thailand’s immigration chief Surachate Hakparn immediate journalists. “She restful refuses to fulfill with her father and brother, and they will be touring support tonight as nicely … They are dissatisfied.”
Her case has drawn world attention to Saudi Arabia’s strict social principles, including a requirement that ladies beget the permission of a male “guardian” to crawl back and forth, which rights groups yelp can lure ladies and ladies as prisoners of abusive households.
A Korean Air flight carrying Alqunun left Bangkok for Seoul on Friday night at eleven:37pm native time (16:37 GMT), an airport reputable immediate Reuters data agency .
Alqunun became as soon as anticipated to board a connecting flight to Toronto from Seoul’s Incheon airport before arriving in Canada on Saturday morning.
Trudeau brushed off a demand of as to whether or no longer Canada’s pass could presumably trust it more tough to repair ties with Saudi Arabia.
“Canada has been unequivocal that we’re going to continually stand up for human rights and ladies’s rights all during the realm,” he acknowledged.
Amid rising home political stress, Trudeau acknowledged final month that his Liberal govt became as soon as procuring for a means out of a multibillion-dollar fingers deal with Riyadh.
Alqunun’s flight has emerged at a time when Riyadh is facing strangely intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October and over the humanitarian consequences of its battle in Yemen.
Canada has time and again acknowledged Khashoggi’s murder became as soon as unacceptable and demanded a elephantine clarification.
Reuters data agency