Saudi teen fleeing family granted asylum in Canada

BBC asks if Muslim teenager who fled Saudi ‘should be killed for leaving Islam’

From there, she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation and tweeted about her situation.

"It was a pleasure for me this morning to welcome to her new home a very fearless new Canadian", Freeland said.

The Canada-Saudi Arabia relations have soured after a diplomatic row which was sparked by the Canadian government's call for the immediate release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and his sister Samar via Twitter on August 5, 2018.

"It does get warmer", Freeland said she told her.

"They will kill me", she said. Her friends said she had suffered abuse at family members' hands.

Teenage Saudi asylum-seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun landed in Canada on Saturday to an official welcome after fleeing her home country last week.

Gen Surachate said her father and brother were due to return home on a flight in the early hours of Saturday.

A Saudi envoy in Bangkok denied any official Saudi involvement in Ms Qunun's detention, and her passport was later returned.

Qunun captured the world's attention with a trail of Twitter posts that ignited a #SaveRahaf movement as she fled what she said was an abusive family in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia. She had also clarified that she did not run away from home in order to escape her marriage.

Qunun had previously said on Twitter that she wanted to seek refuge in Australia.

Earlier, Thai police said several countries including Canada and Australia were in talks with the United Nations refugee agency on accepting Ms al-Qunun, and that the United Nations was accelerating the case.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will grant asylum to a Saudi woman fleeing alleged family abuse. She was granted refugee status by the United Nations on Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Lauren La Rose praised Canada's willingness to step up and assist in this case, but noted that Alqunun's situation highlights a need for more interventions around the world.

The process is often assessed on the urgency of a refugee's individual needs, with the most vulnerable - such as women at risk - prioritized.

"The Government will be making no further comment on this matter". "My life is in danger".

As she entered the arrivals area, she was accompanied by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, who has been a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia's jailing of female dissidents.

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is seen before departing from Thailand at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand January 11, 2019.

Saudi Arabia responded by kicking out the Canadian ambassador, recalling the Saudi ambassador to Canada and all Saudi students studying in the country, and suspending flights as well as "all new businesses transactions and investments linked with Canada".

But Trudeau appeared unfazed by the possibility that the move could have ill effects, repeating that Canada stands up for human rights regardless of diplomatic consequences.



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