United Nations rules Saudi teenager is a refugee as Australia considers granting asylum

Mail Online | 1/9/2019 | Sahar Mourad;Bryant Hevesi For Daily Mail Australia
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The United Nations has ruled the Saudi teenager who fled her home country over fears she'd be killed for renouncing Islam is a refugee.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun had planned to enter Australia on a tourist visa and seek asylum before she was detained by Thai authorities on Sunday.

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On Wednesday, the Australian Department of Home Affairs revealed that it will consider the 18-year-old's referral from the UN.

In a statement from the government, Ms Alqunun will be subject to Australian checks before she is granted a humanitarian visa, including character and security assessments.

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She is currently in the care of UN officials after claiming her family would kill her if she were sent home to Saudi Arabia, where she has renounced Islam and 'rebelled' against her father.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Australian government has been urging the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to process her case quickly.

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'We've been successful in getting them to agree to do that,' Mr Hunt told ABC TV on Wednesday.

Mr Hunt said the government...
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