I hope they find a solution soon!
Good for Canada. And especially good for Ms. al-Qunun - what a brave and forward-thinking young woman! May she serve as an example to other Saudi women that oppression can be fought.Ms Al-Qunun will be flying to Canada tonight at 11:15pm.
She's a small part of a much larger trend.Good for Canada. And especially good for Ms. al-Qunun - what a brave and forward-thinking young woman! May she serve as an example to other Saudi women that oppression can be fought.
The phenomenon of women trying to flee Saudi Arabia is not new, coming to the world’s attention as early as the 1970s, when a Saudi princess was caught trying to flee the kingdom with her lover. The couple were tried for adultery and executed.
But the number of young women considering and taking the enormous risk to flee Saudi Arabia appears to have grown in recent years, rights groups say, as women frustrated by social and legal constraints at home turn to social media to help plan, and sometimes document, their efforts to escape.
Certainly brave.Good for Canada. And especially good for Ms. al-Qunun - what a brave and forward-thinking young woman! May she serve as an example to other Saudi women that oppression can be fought.
I'm sure she was desperate to escape the tyranny and danger of her family, but she also had to have much determination and courage.She renounced Islam, which is punishable by death. I suspect she was burning bridges behind her, guaranteeing she must be recognized as a refugee. Otherwise, she could be portrayed as just a spoiled teenager running away from home. Indeed, that is how her parents and the Saudi government responded. She doesn’t appear dumb, hence she must have been desperate to take such dire risks.
I'd like to see the women of the Middle East rise up on mass in my lifetime - and think know it might just happen (I'm 60 now). Political activism tends to take more covert forms in authoritarian regimes.She's a small part of a much larger trend.
Saudi Women, Tired of Restraints, Find Ways to Flee
"What happens the next time a teenage girl or adult woman from Saudi Arabia flees her family and declares herself to no longer be a Muslim, does that mean automatic sanctuary?" In Saudi Arabia, leaving Islam is treated as a crime punishable by death.
Unfortunately some refugees are going to get priority. Why not women who are oppressed and in danger?"That's the biggest risk of power being exercised in a way that prioritizes some refugees versus others," she said.
The reason given for Rahaf being sent to Canada, was due to the death threats received. I would think Thai police would have her under constant police guard to ensure she doesn’t wander off, or anyone harms her while in their custody. Why the rush to get her to Canada instead of Australia? Especially since Canada was acting behind the scene, keeping a low profile up to that point.
I wonder if the Saudis were preparing a criminal arrest warrant against her, giving the Thai police a reason to keep her in the country until they can get at her for deportation.
No.Whatever the urgent reason, should Canada have turned their back on her to avoid the risk of setting a precedence?