The Saudi teen who fled alleged abuse by her household arrived in Canada Saturday.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, was seen smiling as she exited an arrival door at Toronto’s airport following a dramatic week that noticed her flee her household whereas visiting Kuwait after which head to Bangkok, Thailand.
She barricaded herself in a Thai airport lodge to keep away from deportation. Her case grabbed world consideration after she mounted a social media marketing campaign through her Twitter for asylum.
Her efforts picked up sufficient public and diplomatic help to persuade Thai officers to confess her quickly below the safety of the U.N. The U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees granted her refugee standing on Wednesday.
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On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Canada would settle for Alqunun as a refugee in a case that has highlighted the reason for ladies’s rights in Saudi Arabia. A number of Saudis women and girls fleeing abuse by their households have been caught attempting to hunt asylum overseas lately and returned house. Human rights activists say many such instances have gone unreported.
Alqunun earlier tweeted two footage from her aircraft seat with the hashtag, “I did it” and plenty of emojis.
Canada’s choice to grant her asylum might additional upset the nation’s relations with Saudi Arabia.
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In August, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador to the dominion and withdrew its personal ambassador after Canada’s international ministry tweeted help for ladies’s rights activists who had been arrested. The Saudis additionally bought Canadian investments and ordered their residents learning in Canada to go away.
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Canadian Overseas Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned the teenager had a “very lengthy and tiring journey” and wouldn’t be taking any questions that day.
“This a really courageous new Canadian,” Freeland mentioned.
Fox Information’ Elizabeth Llorente and the Related Press contributed to this report.