Despite the protests of human rights learning and international Provide want to send Thailand a 18-year-old woman from Saudi Arabia to their family.

The young woman was detained at the airport of Bangkok to travel to Australia, where they wanted to make according to their own information out of concern for your personal fate of an asylum application. According to the Thai immigration office from Monday, you will now need to take the return flight.

The 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Kunun was landed according to the human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday at the airport of the Thai capital. She came up with a machine of the Kuwait Airways from Kuwait and wanted to continue to Australia. For the entry, she had her own claims to already have a visa by the Australian authorities. Then your passport by an employee of the Saudi Embassy had, however, been in Bangkok seized.

The young woman wants to own information the way from Saudi Arabia, because they will be beaten by male members of their own family. Supposedly she was locked up for half a year in her room because she had cut the hair. In addition, you should be threatened with death. During a stay with the family in Kuwait, she had managed to escape. About her fate, she reported in a number of entries in the short message service Twitter.

HRW called on the authorities to let the 18-Year-old to Australia to travel or to grant it in Thailand refugee status. A spokesman for the immigration Department said the dpa, however, Al-Kunun have no return Ticket and no money. Therefore, they should to Kuwait. “The Saudi Embassy has told us that she ran away from home.” The Saudi Embassy was open, whether it has recovered the passport.

On Monday morning (local time) was the woman in an airport hotel. She also asked the German Embassy in Bangkok for help. The German Ambassador Georg Schmidt, said on Twitter: “We share the great concern for Rahaf Mohammed.” You stand by it in connection with the Thai authorities.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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