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On the run from family and Islam

Twitter is thanks. Without the social media Rahaf al-Qunun would long ago back with her family in Saudi Arabia. Although the 18-Year-old the fear of death has in front of her father, her brothers, her Cousins. Instead, your desire to to ask in Australia to asylum has become, in the shortest time to an international dispute. Under the Hashtag #SaveRahaf the messages come thick and fast. Hundreds of thousands of reports on their fate. And the authorities in Thailand are under pressure to act.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is an apparently rebellious Teenager, a young adult who wants to lead her own life, and possibly risked their lives. "I want to be free to study and work as I want it," she said on Twitter. In Islamic fundamentalist Saudi Arabia, women are never independent, her entire life is under the control of male Relatives. In contrast, Qunun has protested and a double-sharp provocation added: she has renounced Islam. Severe penalties up to death in Saudi Arabia.

to go On Saturday tried to Qunun of Kuwait, where the family holiday was, from Thailand to Australia. When changing Trains in Bangkok, a representative of the Saudi waited, according to your information's message to you and took your passport. Since then, she's stuck at the airport, where she was in a hotel room in the transit area entrenched.

freedom fight

Qunun has to be widespread given a friend access to your Twitter Account, about the messages of their whereabouts. Yesterday, she was forced, apparently, to take a plane to Kuwait. However, the Thai authorities were fearful of it, to apply compulsion. She stayed in Bangkok. The Human rights organization Human Rights Watch has been active in Australia politicians called on the government to allow her entry. The German Ambassador in Thailand, tweeted his support.

The chief of Thailand's immigration police has assured, that you are governed "according to the Wishes of the young woman" and you will not bring in danger of their lives. After a representative of the UN refugee Agency, with Qunun had been able to speak, she was under the supervision of the police from the airport building to a "safe place".

It is not the first Time that a young Saudi woman is trying to fight for their freedom. In April 2017, the 24-year-old Dina Ali Lasloom was set at the airport of Manila in the Philippines, firmly tied up and sent to Saudi Arabia. Allegedly, it is there today in prison. In October, the bodies of Tala (16) and Rotana Farea (22) were found in the Hudson River in New York. They were bound with duct tape to each other. The two had refused to comply with her family to Saudi Arabia to return – and probably the life of the area.

At nightfall, in Thailand Rahaf al-Qunun sound confident: her father, a senior Saudi Arabian official, had arrived, but she felt under UN protection, and tweeted you. And your passport you have.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.01.2019, 21:46 PM

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