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UNHCR statement on Canada's resettlement of Saudi national Rahaf Al-Qunun

UNHCR statement on Canada's resettlement of Saudi national Rahaf Al-Qunun

"Labor has been supportive of the government's moves to consider humanitarian settlement in Australia given she has been found to be owed protection", Wong said.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is a genuine refugee - unlike the multitudes of economic migrants that flooded Europe.

Several countries including Australia had been in talks with the United Nations refugee agency to accept Ms al-Qunun, who fled alleged family abuse and has been targeted with death threats.

Ms Qunun garnered worldwide attention after she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok and began tweeting that her life was in danger if she were forced to return to Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his country would be taking in Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun.

But according to UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards, the organisation can not confirm at this stage whether it has in deed withdrawn its referral to Australia. Human rights activists say many such cases have gone unreported.

Marise Payne, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said on Thursday she raised her concerns over his continued detention with the Thai authorities during her trip to the country.

She then started a social media campaign, live-tweeting her case and attracting global attention.

She was taken into the care of the UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, and Australia's department of home affairs announced that her case had been referred to officials in Canberra.

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A Tuesday statement from the Saudi Embassy in Thailand denied interfering in Alqunun's case, and said it was only monitoring her situation.

Surachate said her father and brother were due to return home on a flight in the early hours of Saturday.

But after being detained by Thai authorities, she refused to board a flight back to Kuwait, barricading herself in a hotel room.

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".

Bahrain made a request to have him extradited and he is in jail, waiting for a hearing to decide his case. It said her case had inspired millions and should remind people of the bravery and sacrifices of people who flee their native lands for safety.

Qunun had previously expressed wanting to come to Canada on her Twitter account, which was deleted on Friday after getting death threats, Reuters reported.

Multiple supporters, including journalist Sophie McNeill who has been in contact with Alqunun during her ordeal, said on Twitter that she was fine but had received death threats.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, will be boarding a Korean Air flight from Bangkok to Seoul on Friday night, before boarding a connecting flight to Canada, immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said. She later told reporters Australia was assessing Alqunun's request for resettlement, but there was no specific timeframe.

The ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has come under fire since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's consulate in Istanbul past year.