Saudi woman is stuck at Bangkok airport after she tried to flee the family in the midst of fear that they would kill her

A Saudi woman is being held in Bangkok after she has tried to escape from her violent family, which she says will kill her if she returns to the kingdom.

In a series of tweets that began last night, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun (18) describes how he was followed at Bangkok airport by Saudi officials who subsequently deprived her of her passport.

She fled two days ago from her family on a trip to Kuwait and tries to reach Bangkok via Bangkok to seek asylum after she has renounced Islam.

But after a family member reported that she was traveling without the company of a male guardian, she was detained and from a video posted at 13:00 GMT, she was detained at the Miracle Transit Hotel at the airport.

Rahaf said: "My family is strict and has confined me to a room for six months only because I cut my hair, & # 39; she said, adding that she is sure that she will be caught when she is sent back.

I'm sure they'll kill me for 100 percent as soon as I come out of Saudi prison & # 39 ;, she said, adding that she's scared & # 39; was and & # 39; lost the hope & # 39 ;.

She added: "I have been threatened by several members of staff of the Saudi embassy and Kuwaiti airlines, and they said:" If you run, we will find you and kidnap and then deal with you "I really do not know how they are going to be worn in case I walk away. & # 39;

In another tweet she said: "I am being held in an airport hotel. I will be repatriated by force tomorrow to Kuwait and then to Saudi Arabia.

& # 39; 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. & # 39;

Thai officials claim it is a family business and say it will be deported to Saudi – where the abandonment of Islam is punished by death – tomorrow.

It is a chilling echo of the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, a Saudi woman who was detained at Manila Airport 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 today confirmed that an 18-year-old Saudi woman seeking asylum was denied access 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 returning to Saudi Arabia & # 39 ;.

He added that the Thai authorities have contacted the Saudi Arabia Embassy to coordinate & # 39;

Rahaf and Human Rights Watch told AFP that she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport and that her passport was forcibly removed from her.

& # 39; They took my passport, & # 39; she said to AFP, adding that her male guardian had reported that she & # 39; without his permission & # 39; traveled.

Rahaf said she was trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.

& # 39; My family is strict and has locked me in a room for six months to cut my hair, & # 39; she said, adding that she is sure that she will be imprisoned if she is sent back.

I'm sure they'll kill me for 100 percent as soon as I come out of Saudi prison & # 39 ;, she said, adding that she's scared & # 39; was and & # 39; lost the hope & # 39 ;.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, tweette: & # 39; I have been detained 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. Thai police refuses to help me & # 39;

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, tweette: & # 39; I have been detained 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. Thai police refuses to help me & # 39;

Rahaf was stopped to enter Thailand when she sinned from Kuwait. Thailand & # 39; s immigration chief Surachate Hakparn told AFP.

& # 39; She did not have any further documents, such as a return ticket or money, & # 39; he said, adding that Rahaf was currently in an airport hotel.

She has run away from her family to avoid marriage and she is worried that she may have problems returning to Saudi Arabia. We have sent civil servants to take care of her now, "he said.

He added that the Thai authorities had contacted the Saudi Arabia Embassy to coordinate & # 39;

But Rahaf challenged his bill and said she was on her way to seek asylum in Australia, where she claimed to have a visa, and was accosted by embassy representatives of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait when she broke down Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Human Rights Watch Asia-deputy director Phil Robertson said: "Which country allows diplomats to wander through the closed section of the airport and get hold of the passports of the passengers? add that within the family unit in Saudi Arabia & # 39; impunity & # 39; is to abuse women.

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.

What is so difficult for governments and UN agencies around the world to understand, and why has the answer to her pleadings been so slow?

"Instead, Saudi Arabian diplomats apparently control Bangkok airport, while Thailand thinks up stories about being refused a visa when she changed her plane to go to Australia.

"All Rahaf wanted is to live independently in a place where she can determine her work, her religion and her life.

Thailand would have to let her go to Australia, or UNHCR would otherwise be allowed to meet her, so she can apply for asylum. & # 39;

Thailand's head of immigration, Surachate Hakparn, said that Rahaf would be sent back to Saudi Arabia Monday morning and added: It is a family problem & # 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 exists & # 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 exists & # 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 exists & # 39;

She told the BBC that she had renounced Islam and feared that she would be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family.

She says she has an Australian visa, but her passport was confiscated by a Saudi diplomat when he met her from the flight.

Thai police Major General Surachate Hakparn told the BBC that Ms. Mohammed al-Qunun had escaped a marriage.

Because she did not have a visa to enter Thailand, he said that the police refused her entry and was repatriating her through the same airline that she had taken, Kuwait Airlines.

Gen Surachate said he was unaware of a passport and it is unclear why Ms. Mohammed al-Qunun would need a Thai visa if she was in transit to Australia and had 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

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

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 arrested by the police at Suvarnabhumi airport (photo) and says she is afraid of her life

In a series of tweets Mohammed al-Qunun describes that she was arrested by the police at Suvarnabhumi airport (photo) and says she is afraid of her life

In a series of tweets Mohammed al-Qunun describes that she was arrested by the police at Suvarnabhumi airport (photo) and says she is afraid of her life

It happened before: Saudi women who fled the forced marriage disappeared in 2017

In April 2017, the Saudi woman Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, took refuge in the flight to Australia.

She posted videos on Twitter and said she was trying to escape from a forced marriage and was afraid of violence and even death in the hands of her family when she returned to the kingdom.

She said: & # 39; My name is Dina Ali and I am a Saudi woman who fled Saudi Arabia to Australia to seek asylum.

& # 39; Please help me. I record this video to help me and to know that I am real and that I am there.

& # 39; If my family comes, they will kill me. & # 39;

Mrs Lasloom's passport was seized by the Philippines authorities at Manila airport and she was detained for 13 hours.

Her case received publicity through the help of a Canadian tourist, but she was allegedly channeled before being forced on a flight back to Riyadh by uncles.

She has not been heard since.

Saudi citizens visiting Thailand are also eligible to apply for a visa upon arrival at the arrival of the country.

Ms. Mohammed al-Qunun explained her plight on Twitter and said: & # 39; Because I have nothing to lose, I'm now going to share my real name and my all information. & # 39;

She has also shared a photo of her passport because I want you to know that I really am and exists & # 39 ;.

Another tweet is: & # 39; I'm afraid my family will kill me. & # 39;

Online, Arabic speakers, human rights activists and journalists have attempted to bring the media to the case on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveRahaf.

The case had echoes from another Saudi woman who was traveling to Australia in April 2017. Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, was on her way from Kuwait to the Philippines, but was taken back to Saudi Arabia by her family from Manila airport.

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. Her fate on arrival in Saudi Arabia remains unknown.

The Saudi embassy in Thailand and officials in Riyadh could not be reached for immediate comment.

A spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency, the 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 or brings people back to an area where their life or freedom would be threatened.

This principle is recognized as customary international law and is also anchored in other treaty obligations of Thailand. & # 39;

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