Trudeau confirms Saudi asylum seeker coming to Canada

Trudeau confirms Saudi asylum seeker coming to Canada

Under the kingdom's strict guardianship laws, adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel overseas, marry or be released from prison.

Al-Araibi's case is being considered by Thailand's justice system, she said.

But it may also have increased the risk to al-Qunun's safety - making her resettlement more urgent and strengthening her case for asylum.

Ms Qunun had told the Daily Mail Australia on Friday she was happy to "start a new life" in Australia and that she had been provided with an apartment for three months although she didn't know where it would be.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his country would be taking in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun.

En route to Australia, she barricaded herself in a Thailand hotel room to avoid being deported. Human rights activists say many such cases have gone unreported.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok on Thursday.

After grabbing worldwide attention with her social media posts, authorities eventually allowed her to enter the country.

The decision to give haven to the 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun capped a almost week-long drama that highlighted the power of social media to call attention to her case and reverse initial plans by Thai officials to deport her back to Kuwait, where she fled her family while on holiday.

The quick actions over the past week of the Government of Thailand in providing temporary refuge and facilitating refugee status determination by UNHCR, and of the Government of Canada in offering emergency resettlement to and arranging her travel were key to the successful resolution of this case. The Canadian ambassador to Saudi was sent home, and relations have worsened since.

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'I have no choice to choose what I want, ' she said.

The Thai authorities' earlier willingness to return al-Qunun to Kuwait or Saudi Arabia could help her meet that standard.

Police Chief Surachate Hakparn said the 18-year-old woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, would leave late Friday evening.

In a now-deleted Tweet, BBC Asian network asked viewers if they "respected the decision" of a teenager who fled Saudi Arabia saying she would be killed for renouncing Islam.

Despite reports the 18-year-old was heading to Australia, it appears she may be headed to Canada after the UNHCR withdrew its referral, The Australian reported.

A copy of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's passport, which she says was removed from her when she landed in Thailand.

Bahrain made a request to have him extradited and he is in jail, waiting for a hearing to decide his case. Surachate said that police could not confiscate her phone because she was not being detained and said that the Saudi diplomat's remark was "just an opinion" and "nothing to be taken seriously".

"Rahaf temporarily suspended her #Twitter account because she has been receiving some very nasty, very real death threats".

Australia had dropped strong hints it would accept her after the United Nations urged the country to do so and it remains unclear why the resettlement location changed.

Ms Alqunun later tweeted the video of that meeting and wrote that her "Twitter account has changed the game against what he wished for me".

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