Saudi teen seeking asylum barricades herself in Thai hotel room

Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, the chief of Thailand’s Immigration Police chief, said Monday that she would not be sent anywhere against her wishes.

On Twitter, where Alqunun has accumulated tens of thousands of followers in about a day-and-a-half, she wrote of being in “real danger” if forced to return to her family under pressure from Saudi authorities, and has claimed in media interviews that she could be killed.

Alqunun told Human Rights Watch she was fleeing abuse from her family, including beatings and death threats from her male relatives who forced her to remain in her room for six months for cutting her hair.


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