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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 05:33 AM

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman 'given refugee status'

Source: BBC

28 minutes ago

A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN, the Australian government says. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, refused to board a flight from Bangkok to Kuwait on Monday and barricaded herself into her airport hotel room. "he said she had renounced Islam, which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

The UN's refugee agency has referred her case to Australia for possible resettlement.

Thai immigration officials had initially said she should return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting international attention.

In a brief statement, Australia's Department of Home Affairs said it would "consider this referral in the usual way". "The government will be making no further comment on this matter," it said.
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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46806485

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nitpicker Jan 9 OP
iluvtennis Jan 9 #1
Ilsa Jan 9 #2
no_hypocrisy Jan 9 #3
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neohippie Jan 9 #5
uppityperson Jan 9 #7
ROB-ROX Jan 9 #6
cvoogt Jan 9 #8

Response to nitpicker (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 05:48 AM

1. Happy for her.

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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 05:52 AM

2. I hope the news continues to be good for her. nt

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Response to nitpicker (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 06:34 AM

3. But if you're a woman from a Saudi family -- or an Arab family generally,

are you truly and indefinitely safe? You've "dishonored" the family and they will never let you go. Your life will be in danger until the day you die.

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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 08:29 AM

5. Things aren't only binary

You seem to think there are only two choices here.

Life isn't binary. Nobody is saying there isn't room for criticism or that religion doesn't get hijacked and twisted by the fringes or frozen in misinterpretation by those unable to imagine their own view, who instead allow others to dictate meaning.

You could make similar criticisms in politics, or with Christianity, there will always be those who fail to see beyond their myopic view

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Response to neohippie (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 10:32 AM

7. Thank you, you were much more gracious in your reply that I would've been

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Response to nitpicker (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 09:37 AM

6. All religious groups have some who promote killing

This is just a known country which promotes violence when people disagree with their religious beliefs or behaviors. This country and others have religious leaders who promote violence or killing to support their beliefs. Satan does penetrate many religions to do EVIL. I am so happy this lady ESCAPED and I pray that others escape the religions that harm them in the future.

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Response to ROB-ROX (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 9, 2019, 11:00 AM

8. never heard of pro-killing Unitarians or Baha'is, but maybe that's just me

let's not paint all religions with the same brush please

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