Saudi woman gets asy­lum in Canada

The Maui News - - COUNTY/IN BRIEF -

BANGKOK — An 18year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her fam­ily and feared for her life if de­ported back home left Thai­land on Fri­day night for Canada, which has granted her asy­lum, of­fi­cials said.

The fast­mov­ing de­vel­op­ments capped an event­ful week for Ra­haf Mo­hammed

Alqu­nun. She fled her fami ly while vis­it­ing Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she bar­ri­caded her­self in an air­port ho­tel to avoid de­por­ta­tion and grabbed global at­ten­tion by mount­ing a so­cial me­dia cam­paign for asy­lum.

Her case high­lighted the cause of women’s rights in Saudi Ara­bia, where sev­eral

women flee­ing abuse by their fam­i­lies have been caught try­ing to seek asy­lum abroad in re­cent years and re­turned home. Hu­man rights ac­tivists say many sim­i­lar cases go un­re­ported.


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