Young Saudi woman gets asylum in Canada

Canada agrees to receive the young Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun, who was barricaded into a room at a Bangok airport to flee her family. The girl, who had first ...


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Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun (photo) does not arrive in Canada by chance: a network of Saudi women settled in this country helped him launch his media campaign. Handout / Courtesy of Rahaf Muhammad al-Qunun / AFP

Canada agrees to receive the young Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun, who barricaded herself in a hotel room at Bangok Airport to flee her family. The girl, who initially sought asylum in Australia, flew to Seoul in South Korea to fly to a Canadian airport. This case may not improve the already tense relations between the Saudi and Canadian governments.

With our correspondent in Quebec City , Pascale Guéricolas

In announcing the upcoming arrival of young Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun, Justin Trudeau said Canada understands the importance of affirming the rights of women around the world. A remark that the Saudi authorities will certainly not appreciate. Indeed, the girl has obtained the refugee status of the United Nations by invoking the mistreatment of which she is victim in her country.

In August 2018, it was the comments of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs about the imprisonment of Saudi feminists in the Kingdom that had cooled relations between Ottawa and Ryad. The Canadian ambassador had to return home, and Saudi Arabia had demanded that thousands of Canadian-trained medical students return to their home country.

Rahaf Mohammed Al Qunun does not arrive in Canada by chance. A network of Saudi women living in the country helped her launch her Twitter media campaign. This anonymous group, out of fear of reprisals, wants to end the slavery of women in Saudi Arabia.

REF: http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20190112-canada-arabie-saoudite-rahaf-mohammed-al-qunun-asile-trudeau

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