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 overseas in recent years and returned home.
The office of the Canadian foreign minister, however, said that it can not confirm that the Saudi teen was granted asylum in Canada.
A Saudi woman who fled her family, claiming fear for her life, and used social media to amplify her calls for safe haven was granted asylum by Canada on Friday, an official in Thailand said.
A spokesman for Canada's foreign minister said he could not confirm she was coming to Canada.
She said she escaped by boarding a flight from Kuwait while there with her family.
"I want life. I want to be independent", she said.
The attention prompted Thai immigration authorities to reverse their earlier decision to send her back to Saudi Arabia. "This is part of a long tradition of Canada engaging constructively and positively in the world and working with our partners, allies and with the United Nations".
Alqunun's appeal for refugee status also underscored the severe restrictions that women in Saudi Arabia face. "We wish Ms Al-Qunun all the best for her future in Canada".
Qunun and her supporters drew global attention to her case through a social media campaign launched mostly on Twitter.
Rahaf said she was pleading for protection not only from Australia but also from Canada, the USA or the United Kingdom, if they were willing to take her.
In response to the media campaign, Thai authorities allowed Qunun access to the UNHCR and did not deport her to Kuwait. The UNHCR granted her refugee status, and Australia's Department of Home Affairs told NPR that Australia would "consider this referral [for refugee resettlement] in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR referrals".Читайте также: Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report: Is Eric Berry Out vs. Colts?
"Canada has been unequivocal that we will always stand up for human rights, and women's rights around the world", the prime minster said.
By Friday, Alqunun had closed down her Twitter account.
The agency credits the Canadian federal government for arranging her travel, and says her plight gives a glimpse into the precarious situation of millions of refugees worldwide.
Trudeau brushed aside suggestions that the move might complicate already strained relations with Saudi Arabia, while the organization Human Rights Watch praised Canada for acting swiftly to provide sanctuary to a vulnerable young woman.
The UNHCR welcomed Canada's decision and also acknowledged Thailand had given Qunun temporary refuge.
"She's just been receiving a lot of death threats", McNeill wrote, adding that Alqunun would be back on Twitter after a "short break".
"When the United Nations made a request of us that we grant Miss Alqunun's asylum, we accepted", said Trudeau after Australia too said it might offer sanctuary.
"Once again we are seeing the abusive influence of Saudi authorities overseas as they seek to forcibly return Saudi women fleeing mistreatment and violence by their families", said Page.
Hakparn, the Thai immigration official, said Qunun had continued to refuse to meet with her father and brother before leaving Thailand.
Still Tamara Wood, a lecturer in forced migration at the University of New South Wales, said the speed with which her case is being treated appears quick, but "not unprecedented".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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