The escape of the young Saudi Arab Rahaf Mohammed al-Kunun your family has for the time being. The 18-Year-old arrived on Saturday in Canada, where she is granted asylum. At the airport of Toronto was taken by foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
The young Saudi Arab girl posing with a baseball cap and a jacket with "Canada"lettering for the at the airport waiting photographers, not expressed. "She has a very long journey, she is exhausted and would like to answer at the moment, prefer no questions," said Freeland to the numerous reporters. Al-Kunun wool but that "the Canadians will see that it is well received in Canada". Freeland praised the courage of the young woman and welcomed you in your "new home".
The case of the young Saudi Arabia had international catered for attention. The 18-Year-old was landed last weekend with a machine from Kuwait at the international airport of Bangkok, and stopped there. Initially, the Thai authorities threatened them against their will to Saudi Arabia to send back. Then al-Kunun on Twitter made attention to their fate. Rapidly a "SaveRahaf"movement of supporters was formed.
"Physically and emotionally abused
Al-Kunun was" in his own words, from your family physically and mentally abused, and the studies have been prevented. Therefore, they feared a forced marriage. According to the human rights organization Human Rights Watch wants to turn away, the 18-Year-old from Islam, which is why her life is in danger. Al-Kunun feared, in the case of a deportation by the Thai authorities of her family imprisoned or killed.
On Wednesday, the UN's voice for refugees, UNHCR, al-Kunun to help the refugee status and asked several countries, the young woman. On Friday, Canada said then ready.
Al-Kununs father had specifically traveled to Thailand to prevent further travel of his daughter. The 18-Year-old, however, refused to meet him.
attention to the murder of Khashoggi
The case of the young woman caught a few months after the revelations of the crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in the murder of the saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, particular attention.
The authoritarian-conservative Kingdom for a Long time due to its restrictive dealing with women in the criticism. These are available in Saudi Arabia all her life under the guardianship of their male Relatives or their husband's, cases, in place of important decisions.
The shooting of 18-Year-olds already since months of strained relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia is likely to continue to deteriorate. In August, Riyadh had expelled the canadian Ambassador, after Canada had criticized the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.
Freeland criticized at the time, among other things, the arrest of Samar Badawi, sister of the imprisoned saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. His wife Ensaf Haidar is living with her three children in Canada. You have also obtained the citizenship of the country. Raif Badawi was sentenced in Saudi Arabia to a thousand lashes and ten years in prison. (sda)
Created: 12.01.2019, 19:41 PM