Connect with us

Thailand

Waiting game for Saudi refugee in Thailand

Published

 on 

The ordeal of Saudi Arabian refugee Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun continues, with Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne telling reporters no asylum deal had been reached.

VOA News is reporting that Al-Qunun, who barricaded herself in a hotel at Bangkok airport to prevent officials from deporting her after fleeing her family in Kuwait, has been granted refugee status by the UN refugee office and hopes to receive asylum in Australia.

Yesterday the Australian Foreign Minister made it clear that Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun won’t be taking the plane back to Australia with her.

“There is no possibility that Ms. al-Qunun will be going back with me today. That is because there are steps which are required in the process which Australia and any other country considering such a matter would have to go through. We will go through those according to our own system and our own process.”

When pressed if Australian immigration officials had cancelled al-Qunun’s visa after she was arrested, Payne declined to comment.

“Don’t let anyone break your wings, you’re free. fight and get your RIGHTS!”

This, in a Tweet from al-Qunun’s twitter account on Wednesday after learning of the UNHCR’s decision to grant her refugee status.

Australian FM Payne met with her Thai counterpart, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok yesterday.

She said she also raised the case with FM Don of Australian permanent resident Hakeem al-Araibi, who was arrested in Bangkok more than a month ago over an Interpol Red Notice warrant issued by Bahrain — the country he fled as a refugee.

“The Thai government is most certainly aware of the importance of this matter to Australia. We are… very concerned about his detention, very concerned about any potential for return of Mr. al-Araibi to Bahrain.”

Al-Araibi is a professional footballer and was arrested while holidaying in Thailand with his wife. In 2014 Bahrain sentenced him in-absentia to 10 years for allegedly vandalising a police station. Al-Araibi continues to deny the charge and was granted refugee status in Australia in November 2017 but remains in Thai detention.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand13 hours ago

Woman goes bananas after children steal her fruit and sues them for 24,000 baht

China13 hours ago

China says Covid has weakened as it announces loosening of strict policies

Thailand13 hours ago

Dog carries baby’s corpse out of a forest in eastern Thailand

Sponsored2 days ago

Top 5 Backlink Agencies in Bangkok for Your Business

Events14 hours ago

Travis Scott to headline Rolling Loud Thailand festival

Thailand14 hours ago

9 year old boy rescued after falling into 2-metre deep well

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Sexy Thai model exposed as an identity thief and transwoman

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
South14 hours ago

Whale washes up on beach in South Thailand

Transport15 hours ago

Last jumbo – the last Boeing 747 leaves the gate

Weather15 hours ago

Bangkok could hit lows of 18°C next week

Thailand15 hours ago

Geminids meteor shower predicted to hit Thailand on December 14 

Crime15 hours ago

Kuwaiti overstayer busted in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

Thailand15 hours ago

What next for Bali as Indonesia bans sex?

Thailand16 hours ago

Jailed politician erects billboard to wish voters Happy New Year

Thailand16 hours ago

Beastly reptile crocs the world of small village in southern Thailand

Pattaya16 hours ago

Pattaya officials continue to struggle with homeless problem

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending