A Saudi woman has barricaded herself in a hotel room in Bangkok to prevent her being returned to her family, which she says will kill her after she has renounced Islam and tried to flee to Australia. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, has been at Bangkok airport since Saturday when her entry was denied by Thai immigration officials, who denied her accusations that she had been detained on the orders of the Saudi government. The teenager would have been taken home to Kuwait this morning – but she has never been on the plane and posted a clip on Twitter from her who has barricaded her hotel door with a table, mattresses and a chair. The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied her allegations that her embassy had seized her passport and said in two that she had originally been stopped at the airport for violating Thai immigration laws. But Abdulilah al-Shouaibi, charge d'affaires in the Saudi embassy of Bangkok, has acknowledged that the father of the woman contacted them for help & # 39; to bring her back. This morning, a human rights lawyer filed an order with the Bangkok Criminal Court to prevent Rahaf from being deported. "When we suspect that someone is being held illegally, we ask for a judge to call the relevant authorities for interrogation , & # 39; Nadthasiri Bergman said, adding that she was awaiting the court's decision.
Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun barricaded himself in a hotel room (on the photo) at a Thai airport with tables, chairs and mattresses to prevent deportation
In a sign of growing despair during the night, Rahaf posted a video of her barring her hotel room door with furniture. If she is sent back, she said she will probably be imprisoned, and is certainly 100% & # 39; her family will kill her, she said
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, has been at Bangkok airport since Saturday when her entry was denied by Thai immigration officials who denied her accusations that she had been arrested at the Saudi government's insistence
Rahaf Mohammed al Qunun (18) sent this selfie to MailOnline from the hotel room in Bangkok, where she is being held. She believes that she will be murdered by her family if she is deported. Rahaf said she was her & # 39; insulting & # 39; family would flee during a trip through Kuwait and flew to Thailand hoping to reach Australia to seek asylum. But she was stopped when she was kidnapped by Kuwaiti and Saudi embassy officers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, she said, and has since been detained at an airport hotel awaiting deportation. She said that a Saudi official at the Thai airport confiscated her passport after her father had reported her for travel without her male guardian & # 39 ;. He claimed that she was mentally ill, but gave no evidence. Last night, from an airport hotel room guarded by security officials, she told MailOnline: & # 39; I'm scared. & # 39; My brother told me he is waiting with some Saudi men. They will take me to Saudi Arabia and my father will kill me because he is so angry. He will kill me. My family does this. I know them. "They kept telling me that they will kill me if I do something wrong – they say that since I was a kid. & # 39; She, her parents and her six brothers and sisters live in Ha & # 39; il in Saudi Arabia, where her father works as a government official. She says she had maltreatment and emotional abuse from her family, at a given moment locked up for six months in her room to cut her hair. When they were traveling to visit relatives in Kuwait, they fled, they bought flights from Kuwait to Thailand and from Thailand to Australia with the help of a friend, and they took a taxi to the airport at 4 o'clock in the morning. after she had checked that her father was sleeping. : & # 39; When I came to Thailand, someone told me that he would help me get a visa for Thailand at the airport. Then he took my passport. After an hour he came back with five or six people, I think they were police or something and then they told me that my father is so angry and that I have to go back to Saudi Arabia. They know that I have run away from him. In an SMS conversion on the WhatsApp SMS app, her father told a staff member of the airport employee that Rahaf was mentally ill, but when he was challenged to provide evidence or documentation, he fell silent. Rafah demanded her passport back and asked to fly to another country, but officials insisted she would be deported. Said, "They kept saying I can not get a visa." The airline told me to stay here so that I can return to Kuwait. [my family] brings me to Saudi Arabia. & They will kill me. I am so afraid. I want to go to another country and stay safe. I have a visa for Australia, I want to go there. I do not know what I'm going to do. & # 39; I have to fight because I do not want to lose my life. & # 39;
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had previously tweeted: "I am being held in an airport hotel. I will be repatriated by force tomorrow to Kuwait and then to Saudi Arabia. There is an airport man who constantly follows me. I can not even ask for protection or asylum in Thailand. Human Rights Watch has called on the Thai government to give Rahaf a refuge, which they think they & # 39; serious risk of harm & # 39; content when she goes back to her family. no visa needed because Rahaf did not apply to enter Thailand because her passport was taken along with her plane ticket to Australia – and that the Thai authorities prevented her from having access to the UNHCR to make a refugee claim.Human Rights Watch Asia Deputy Director Phil Robertson told MailOnline: "As far as we can see, her father is a prominent government official, I expect him to be very hard." Certainly he is senior enough to do whatever he wants with his daughter and no one is going to raise a finger against him. & # 39; There is a long history of what they & # 39; Honor violence & # 39; call. & # 39; I think she is at serious risk. We pushed the UN to get there. They have to go to the airport. Since her Kafkaesan confinement has begun, Rahaf has shared her reasons for escaping from her family and the threatening behavior of Saudi officials at Bangkok airport. Said, "My family is strict and has locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair," she said, adding that she is sure that she will be caught when she is sent back. I'm sure they'll kill me 100 percent as soon as I leave the Saudi prison, she said, adding that she was scared & # 39; & # 39; lost hope & # 39 ;. In another tweet she said: "I have been threatened by several members of the Saudi embassy and Kuwaiti airlines, and they said:" When you run, we will find you and kidnap and then deal with you & # 39; I really do not know how they will behave in case I walk away. "In another tweet, with an accompanying video, she said:" There is an airport man who constantly follows me. I can not even ask for protection or asylum in Thailand, the Thai police refuses to help me. "She also has a picture of her passport. edeeld & # 39; because I want you to know that I really am and exists & # 39;. Another tweet read: & # 39; I'm afraid my family will kill me. "By 14.30 GMT, Rahaf was in a hotel on the airport grounds with several security and immigration officials who prevented her from leaving the building. At 4.30 pm she tried to plead directly with the President of the United States, tweeting: & # 39; @ realDonaldTrump please help me. I hope you heard about me. I am a Saudi girl who fled for her family. Now I could be killed if they drag me to my male guardian. "President Trump regards the crown prince of the kingdom, Mohammed bin Salman, as a close ally, and has rejected the findings of his own intelligence services that & # 39; MBS & # 39; Related is known, to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In a video, Rahaf is held in an airport hotel in Bangkok with security officials who prevent her from leaving the building. Thai officials claim it is a family business and say they will be deported to Saudi Arabia, where the abandonment of Islam is punished by death and activists say women are at risk of honor killings. by family members. It is a chilling echo of the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, a Saudi woman who was detained at Manila airport for 13 hours in April 2017 while attempting to escape a forced marriage. She was forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia by uncles and never heard of it. A Thai official confirmed yesterday that an 18-year-old Saudi woman who applied for asylum was refused entry to Thailand and detained at Bangkok Airport. Thailand & # 39; s Immigration Chief Surachate Hakparn told AFP: Rahaf Mohammed M Alqunun has run away from her family to avoid marriage and she is worried she may be in trouble to return to Saudi Arabia & # 39; .He said: & # 39; She did not have any further documents such as return ticket or He added that the Thai authorities contacted the Saudi Arabia Embassy to coordinate & # 39; .Thailand & # 39; s Head of Immigration, Hakparn, had previously said that Rahaf would be sent back to Saudi Arabia on Monday morning and added: & # 39; It is a family problem.
The case of the young Saudi woman is reminiscent of a 2017 incident in which a 24-year-old woman who fled a forced marriage was detained at Manila airport for 13 hours before being repatriated against her will. Dina Ali Lasloom was no longer heard after returning to Saudi Arabia in the company of her uncles. But Rahaf and Human Rights Watch said she was in fact stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport and that her passport was forcibly taken away from her. A male guardian had reported her for travel & # 39; without his permission & # 39 ;. Rafah said she was trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse. She went to Twitter to argue her case by creating a profile with an Arabic biography with the text & # 39; I just want to survive & # 39 ;. During a video livestream that let her walk around in a carpeted corridor, Rahaf spoke in Arabic about how her father had told the Saudi embassy officials she was a psychiatric patient & # 39; who had to be sent back even though she had a "Australian Visa & # 39 ;. "I can not escape the airport," she said in the live video. & # 39; I've tried it, but there is a security officer looking at me. & # 39; Human Rights Watch Deputy Director of Asia, Phil Robertson, told MailOnline: "Rahaf faces being sent back to undergo honor-related violence from her family and says openly that her father will kill her. & # 39;
Rahaf shared this copy of her passport and said on Twitter: I share it with you because I want you to know that I am real and exist. & # 39; Yesterday Rahaf told the BBC that she had renounced Islam and feared that she would be forced to be sent back to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family. Thai police General General Surachate Hakparn told the BBC that Muhammad al-Qunun had escaped a marriage but because she did not have a visa to enter Thailand, the police refused her entry and were in the process of repatriating her through the same airline she had taken, Kuwait Airlines. Gen Surachate said he was not aware of any confiscation of a passport and it is unclear why Mrs. Mohammed al-Qunun would need a Thai visa if she was in transit to Australia and an Australian visa.
The tweets of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun are translated and shared online. She says she is in danger if she is forced to return to Saudi Arabia
In a series of tweets Mohammed al-Qunun describes that she was detained by the police at Suvarnabhumi Airport (photo) and she says she is afraid of her life. It happened before: Saudi woman who fled the forced marriage disappeared in 2017 In April 2017, Saudi woman Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, wary of fleeing to Australia. She posted videos on Twitter and said she was trying to escape a forced marriage and was afraid of violence and even death at the hands of her family if she returned to the kingdom.
The situation of Rahaf is reminiscent of the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, pictured. Said: "My name is Dina Ali and I am a Saudi woman who fled Saudi Arabia to Australia to seek asylum." Please help me. I record this video to help me and to know that I am real and that I am here. & # 39; If my family comes, they will kill me. & # 39; The Lasloom passport was seized by the Philippines authorities at Manila airport and she was detained for 13 hours. Her case was publicized through the help of a Canadian tourist, but she was nonetheless strapped through channels before she was forced to return to Riyadh by uncles. She has not been heard since. Online, Arabic speakers, human rights activists and journalists have attempted to bring the media to the case on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveRahaf. Her story contains all the characteristics of the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, a Saudi woman who hoped to find a sanctuary in Australia because of a forced marriage. In April 2017 she was detained at the airport of Manila by authorities in the Philippines, brought back to Saudi Arabia Arabia by her uncles and had never heard of it. She used a Canadian tourist's phone to send a message, a video of which had been posted on Twitter stating that her family would kill her. The Saudi embassy in Thailand and officials in Riyadh could not be reached for comment. The ultra-conservative kingdom in the Middle East has long been criticized for imposing some of the world's toughest restrictions on women. This includes a guardianship system that allows men to make arbitrary decisions on behalf of their female family members. If it is being punished for & # 39; morale & # 39; crimes, they can become victims of further violence in & honor; revenge & # 39; by their families, activists say. A spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, told MailOnline: "For reasons of confidentiality and protection, we are not in a position to comment on details (or even confirm existence or to deny) individual cases. "However, UNHCR consistently advocates that refugees and asylum seekers – confirmed or claimed to need international protection – can not be returned to their country of origin according to the principle of non-refoulement, which prevents states from deporting or returning to territory wh honor their life or freedom would be threatened. "This principle is recognized as customary international law and is also anchored in the other treaty obligations of Thailand." A spokeswoman for Amenesty International said that the charity is not involved in & # 39; was in the case.