Saudi teenager arrives in Canada after fleeing her family

Rahaf Al-Qunun left Bangkok for Toronto on Friday after a day of confusion at his resettlement site. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later told reporters that his country had accepted the request from UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, is expected to brief the media later on the case of the young 18 aged man. 19659002] The Australian government had already welcomed the announcement of Canada's asylum in Qunun and defended itself.

Thai immigration police chief Surachate Hakparn first told CNN on Friday that Qunun was offered asylum by his two men. and Canada.

Australian Immigration Minister David Coleman said in a statement Saturday that Australia is still considering the 18's maiden asylum application and that her safety has always been her government's main concern. 19659002] "Australia has one of the most generous humanitarian programs in the world and all applications are reviewed in accordance with Australian law and procedures," said Coleman's statement. "We wish Ms. Al-Qunun all the best for her future in Canada. "

Canada's decision to offer asylum to Qunun could do little to improve relations with Saudi Arabia, which failed last summer after officials in Ottawa accused the kingdom of human rights violations and demanded the release of imprisoned activists. 19659008] Saudi Arabia Responds by Freezing New Trade and Investment Agreements suspending flights to Canada reassigning students to study and expel Canada's ambassador to Saudi Arabia while recalling his own.

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Qunun flew to Thailand from Kuwait to escape her family, saying she feared killing her because she had renounced Islam. She intended to fly to Australia, but she barricaded herself in a hotel room at Bangkok's main airport on Sunday after Thai immigration officials tried to send her back to the Middle East. .

Qunun and his followers have drawn the world's attention to his case through his record. a social media campaign launched primarily on Twitter. She documented her arrival and subsequent detention in Bangkok on her smartphone, creating new Twitter and Periscope accounts where she received a barrage of messages of support.

In response to the media campaign, the Thai authorities allowed Qunun to join UNHCR and did not deport her to Kuwait.

The Twitter account used by Qunun throughout her asylum appeal was temporarily disabled on Friday, but she subsequently reappeared online, displaying images of an aircraft seat from what appeared to be her passport and her Saudi boarding pass.

she said, with reference to resettlement in Canada. " I did it. "

She also thanked the fans who she said had saved her life. "In truth, I have never dreamed of this love and support. You are the spark that would motivate me to be a better person, "she said.

It is not an automatic right for refugees to be resettled and less than 1% of the world's millions of registered refugees have been resettled in 2017, according to UNHCR.

The process is often evaluated on the urgency of the individual needs of a refugee, giving priority to the most vulnerable - such as women in danger. Refugees can wait from nine months to several years to get an answer - longer if they appeal a refusal. Some people can wait all their lives until a third country accepts them.

UNHCR welcomes Canada's decision to "provide international protection and a long-term solution" to Qunun as a resettled refugee.

"The quick actions of the past The week since the Government of Thailand provided temporary shelter and facilitated refugee status determination by UNHCR, and the Government of Canada offered urgent relocation to Ms. al-Qunun and that he organized his trip, was the key to the success of the resolution of this case "The agency said in a statement.

The case of Qunun was quickly handled "urgently" given the urgency of its situation, said UNHCR.

Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said the desperate plight of a Saudi teenager had exposed the precarious situation of millions of refugees around the world.

"Refugee protection is today often threatened and can not always be guaranteed, but in this case, an international refugee law and the primordial values ​​of humanity have prevailed," he said.

A Thai official: 'She has determination'

Qunun's story also highlighted Saudi Arabia's guardianship system which restricts many aspects of women's lives under international control. Under the system, women must obtain permission from a guardian - who could be their father, husband, brother or son - to travel, get married and sometimes to work or access health care.

Hakparn, the Thai immigration officer, said that Qunun continued to refuse to meet with his father and brother before leaving Thailand. The two men planned to leave Bangkok early Saturday, he said.

"This incident will end here for Thailand," he said. Hakparn described the situation as an "internal family problem," but added that since Qunun "escaped misery, Thailand must inevitably receive it with respect for human rights, humanity and human rights. rule of law. "

Qunun had thanked Hakparn told the Thai authorities for their help before they left and had them undergone a health checkup.

"She said that upon her arrival in Canada, her first thing to do would be to learn the language. She has determination, "He said.

She is safe, and she is in good health, and her sanity. She looks happy. "

Hamdi Alkhshali of CNN contributed to this report.

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