the examination of The asylum application the to Thailand who fled to Saudi Arabia takes, according to the UN refugee Agency, the UNHCR, probably several days. “It could take several days, the case to review and decide on the next steps,” said UNHCR representative Giuseppe de Vicentiis on Tuesday. The refugee Agency was “very grateful” that the 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Kunun had not been against her will of the Thai authorities sent back.
Thailand is not a signatory to the UN refugee Convention. Usually asylum seekers being turned away or have to wait years before they come out in a third country. The UNHCR, however, demands that no asylum seeker should be sent back to that country from which he fled.
Saudi Teenager fleeing forced marriage and is now fighting at the airport in Bangkok against extradition
escape from the own family: asylum application in Thailand
Rahaf Mohammed al-Kunun had been stopped according to its own figures on Sunday on the run from her family at Bangkok’s international airport by Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti Embassy representatives, who took away her passport. They fled, therefore, due to physical and mental abuse in front of their family and wanted to apply for asylum in Australia. She was afraid to be in a deportation by the Thai authorities of her family killed.
to have The Saudi Arabian Ministry of foreign Affairs contradicted in a through its Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement, indicating the employee to the airport in Bangkok sent. The passport of the young woman had also been seized. The Embassy was in contact with her father, a government employee of the Kingdom, to inform him “about your situation.”
The case of al-Kunun provides a few months after the murder of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul for headlines. He took special care in social networks sensation. The ultra-conservative Kingdom for a Long time due to its restrictive dealing with women in the criticism.
wlk / AFP