A young Saudi woman is asking for Canada's help after tweets about her efforts to flee abuse and seek asylum overseas put her in the global spotlight.
The Australian government said on Tuesday that it will "carefully consider" the asylum claim by Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who fled alleged abuse from her family and is now in the care of the United Nations humanitarian agency in Bangkok after she fended off deportation in a gripping, live-tweeted ordeal.
While Ms McNeill boarded a flight from Sydney to Bangkok, Ms Qunun was holed up in an airport transit hotel and afraid she would be forced onto the next flight back to Kuwait.
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Ms Hanson-Young said Australia should offer "sanctuary" to Ms Qunan so she can live in a country that "respects women and girls".
"The government has made representations to the Thai government and the Bangkok office of the UNHCR about its serious concerns on this matter and the need for Ms.al-Qunun's claim to be assessed expeditiously", the statement from Home Affairs said.
It said any application by Alqunun for a humanitarian visa would be "carefully considered" once the UNHCR process has concluded.
Fortunately, the pressure of ordinary citizens using social media saved the life of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who is today free and may soon be in Canada as our beloved fellow citizen, sister and daughter. She claimed that a Saudi diplomat seized her passport and tickets as part of a plot to forcefully return her to Kuwait on the next flight.
"We have no idea what he is going to do. whether he will try to find out where she is and go harass her", Robertson said.
The Australian government says it will seriously consider giving a Saudi teenager stuck in Bangkok a humanitarian visa if the United Nations deems her a refugee.
"I am giving my family 48 hours (to) either stop or I will publish everything that will incriminate them", she threatened on Twitter.
The Thai authorities obliged and detained Rahaf at an airport hotel until she could be deported back to Kuwait on Sunday.
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In a short press release distributed to media outside its embassy in Bangkok Tuesday, the Saudi government said it had not demanded her deportation, adding the case is a "family affair", but under the "care and attention" of the embassy.
Australia's Department of Home Affairs hinted at the possibility of granting Alqunun refugee status, saying it was "pleased" the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was assessing her claim.
"I'd never spoken to her before", she told Reuters.
A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees at its Geneva headquarters, Babar Baloch, said Tuesday it's premature to say what will happen next, but that it could take several days for the agency to look into al-Qunun's claims.
"She said very clearly that she has suffered both physical and psychological abuse".
"She's more at risk than other refugees, not just from her family but threats she has faced online and from her own government". "She didn't get that [social media] support and that's why she's in Saudi Arabia now - she's disappeared", Alharbi said.
"If my family come, they will kill me", she said in a video archived on Twitter.
Alqunun said her male guardian had reported her for travelling "without his permission".
She had asserted her independence and renounced Islam but had been forced to pray, wear a hijab and was beaten by her brother.
On Monday evening local time, Thailand's chief of immigration police, Surachate Hakparn, said the country would "take care of her as best we can".
Saudi Arabia's human rights record has been under heavy scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi previous year.