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UN asks Australia to consider resettling Saudi teen who left family

Sydney: The United Nations has urged Australia to consider refugee resettlement of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who escaped Thailand saying she is scared her family might kill her told the Australian government.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun reached in Bangkok on Saturday appealing for asylum. Australia said it would consider resettling her if the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calls her refugee.“The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement,” Australia’s Department of Homeland Security mentioned in an E-mail.

The department informed that they would consider the referral  in the normal way, as it does UNHCR referrals.

The UNHCR office in Thailand also declined to comment.

She was permitted to enter into Thailand and on Tuesday began the process of seeking asylum in a third country.

She declined to meet her family, father and brother who have arrived in Bangkok, Thai immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said.


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