Although Canadian officials said diplomats routinely raise human rights issues with their Saudi counterparts, the Saudi government reacted strongly to the public appeal and retaliated by freezing new trade, recalling its students from Canada and cancelling flights between the two countries. Several female Saudi runaways fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum overseas in recent years and returned home.
"Due to privacy concerns, we can not comment on a specific case without signed consent", said Nancy Caron, a spokeswoman for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Saudi activists say the kingdom, through its embassies overseas, has at times put pressure on border patrol agents in foreign countries to deport the women back to Saudi Arabia.
The Australian embassy had contacted the Thai government and the UNHCR's Bangkok office to confirm Ms Alqunun could access the refugee process. The 18-year-old was stopped by officials in Thailand who confiscated her passport.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived in Bangkok on Saturday appealing for asylum.
"The government will be making no further comment on this matter", the Department said. "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 claims made by Ms Alqunun that she may be harmed if returned to Saudi Arabia are deeply concerning", a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said in an earlier statement.
Saudi Arabia has strict social rules, including a requirement women have permission from a male "guardian" to travel.
Thailand is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and provides no legal protection to asylum seekers, although there are more than 100,000 refugees in the country.
Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun walks by Thai Chief of Immigration Police Maj. She says her family thinks of her as a slave, and will kill her for renouncing Islam.
She was travelling to Australia on a tourist visa to seek asylum and barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room to avoid being sent home. In a video clip of the meeting released by Thai immigration police, Alsheaiby is heard telling Thai officials: "From the moment she arrived, she opened a new account and her followers reached nearly 45,000 in a day. and I would have preferred it better if her phone was taken instead of her passport". She feared for her life if forced to return to Saudi Arabia.
"He wanted to make sure that his daughter was safe. he told me that he wanted to take her home", he said, adding that her father denied Ms Alqunun's allegation that her family was abusing her physically and emotionally.
A Saudi activist familiar with other cases of women who have run away said they were often young and unprepared for the risks involved in seeking asylum.
Some Saudi female runaways fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum overseas in recent years. Like Alqunun, she had set her sights on Australia and reached out for help on social media.
Those workers on Friday will get their first $0.00 pay stub, stoking worries that the situation could soon become untenable. TSA has brought on about 500 new officers since the shutdown with 300 more expected to start later this month.
She will be subject to Australian checks before she is granted a humanitarian visa, including character and security assessments. She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting global attention.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says nothing is close as of now in terms of this potential swap of expiring contracts. Kanter, however, stopped short of requesting a trade during a recent meeting with general manager Scott Perry.
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The inflators can "explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers", according to the AP. That means 16.7 million faulty inflators out of 50 million under recall have yet to be fixed, so check your cars.
While nobody was injured, it's safe to say that driving a auto while blindfolded is definitely the opposite of a good idea. There were no injuries reported in connection with the crash, KTLA sister station KSTU in Salt Lake City reported.
Australia vs India, 1st ODI, SCG
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NSW MP vomits as he holds dead fish
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H1-B visas to undergo ‘changes’, says Trump
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