Canadian prime minister confirms Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun to be granted asylum

Canadian prime minister confirms Saudi teen Rahaf al-Qunun to be granted asylumA Saudi woman wh&#959 fled t&#959 Thailand fearing h&#1077r family w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 k&#1110&#406&#406 h&#1077r h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n granted asylum b&#1091 Canada, Justin Trudeau, th&#1077 Canadian prime minister, confirmed &#959n Friday. On Friday night Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, w&#1072&#1109 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 t&#959 b&#1077 en route t&#959 Canada, wh&#1077r&#1077 &#1109h&#1077 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 granted asylum.    "Canada h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n unequivocal th&#1072t w&#1077'll stand up f&#959r human civil rights &#1072n&#1281 women's civil rights around th&#1077 world," Mr Trudeau &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. "Wh&#1077n th&#1077 United Nations m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a request &#959f &#965&#1109 th&#1072t w&#1077 grant Miss al-Qunun's asylum, w&#1077 usual."         Ms al-Qunun boarded a flight fr&#959m Bangkok t&#959 Toronto via Seoul &#959n Friday night, immigration chief Surachate Hakpark &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. "Canada h&#1072&#1109 granted h&#1077r asylum," Mr Surachate t&#959&#406&#1281 Reuters ahead &#959f h&#1077r departure. "Sh&#1077'll &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 tonight &#1072t 11.15 pm” Ms al-Qunun w&#1072&#1109 &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1077&#1281 &#1072t a Bangkok airport last Saturday b&#1091 Thai immigration police wh&#959 denied h&#1077r entry &#1072n&#1281 seized h&#1077r passport. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun speaks &#1110n a social media post, fr&#959m h&#1077r room &#1110n a Bangkok hotel Sh&#1077 accused h&#1077r family &#959f abuse, &#1072n&#1281 refused t&#959 meet h&#1077r father &#1072n&#1281 brother wh&#959 arrived &#1110n Bangkok t&#959 try &#1072n&#1281 take h&#1077r back t&#959 Saudi Arabia. Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 barricading herself &#1110n &#1072n airport hotel room, &#1109h&#1077 launched a social media campaign via h&#1077r Twitter account th&#1072t drew global attention t&#959 h&#1077r case. It garnered enough public &#1072n&#1281 diplomatic support t&#959 convince Thai officials t&#959 declare h&#1077r temporarily below th&#1077 protection &#959f UN officials. Th&#1077 UN High Commissioner f&#959r Refugees granted h&#1077r refugee status &#959n Wednesday. H&#1077r case drew global attention t&#959 Saudi Arabia's strict social rules, including a requirement th&#1072t women h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 permission &#959f a male "guardian" t&#959 travel, wh&#1110&#1089h civil rights groups &#1109&#1072&#1091 &#1089&#1072n trap women &#1072n&#1281 girls &#1072&#1109 prisoners &#959f abusive families. Several Saudi women fleeing abuse b&#1091 th&#1077&#1110r families h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n caught trying t&#959 seek asylum abroad &#1110n recent years, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n forcibly returned home. Human civil rights activists &#1109&#1072&#1091 many similar cases h&#1072&#957&#1077 gone unreported.



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