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The Australian Government has given its strongest hint yet that the 18 year old Saudi woman in Bangkok would be granted humanitarian asylum. This is despite efforts by Riyadh and her family to force her return home.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has documented her bid to flee her allegedly abusive family with minute-by-minute Twitter updates, intensifying the global spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s rights record.

As public interest has heightened, an Australian minister appeared to go beyond Canberra’s initial bureaucratic promise to consider her case if and when UN experts judge her fear of mistreatment justified.

Health minister Greg Hunt has told Australian public broadcaster ABC, “If she is found to be a refugee, then we will give very, very, very serious consideration to a humanitarian visa.”

Read the rest of the story from The Nation HERE.

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