BANGKOK/DUBAI (Reuters) – A human rights group urged Thai authorities on Monday to halt plans to deport an 18-year-old Saudi woman who says she is fleeing abuse from her family and fears they will kill her if she is returned home.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun said she fled Kuwait while her family was visiting the Gulf country and had planned to travel on from Thailand to Australia to seek asylum. She said she was detained after leaving her plane in Bangkok and told she would be sent back to Kuwait.
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She was scheduled to be sent back on Kuwait Airways flight 412 leaving at 11:15 a.m. local time (0415 GMT).
“My brothers and family and the Saudi embassy will be waiting for me in Kuwait,” Qunun told Reuters by text and voice message from a Bangkok transit hotel late on Sunday.
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“They will kill me,” she said. “My life is in danger. My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things.”
Thai immigration authorities denied Qunun’s allegations they were acting at the behest of the Saudi government, saying she was refused entry to Thailand on Saturday night because she did not have the proper documents for a visa on arrival.
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A representative from the Saudi embassy in Thailand said there was no one available to comment.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said Thailand should not send Qunun back to her family because she is an adult who faces danger.
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