Saudi Teenager Involved In Bangkok Standoff Granted Asylum In Canada

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

On Friday our host featured an article depicting the plight of Saudi Arabian National Rahaf al-Qunun who fled to Thailand to escape what she described as religious persecution for apostasy. Ms. al-Qunun renounced Islam and refused to submit to the state’s discriminatory practices toward women.

Her asylum pleading for many seemed a prima facie case, given apostasy is punishable up to and including the death penalty and Canada swiftly approved her petition upon her arrival.

BBC News reports Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia as a “very brave new Canadian who…has been through a lot.”

Her case attracted the attention of Prime Minister Trudeau who stated that his government after receiving a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees formally granted asylum.

al-Qunun attracted media attention after refusing to leave her hotel room in Bangkok after authorities sought her removal. Her family arranged to meet her in Kuwait. Her social media posts to friends and others attracted the quick attention of Human Rights Watch and various journalists who in part contacted the UN and arranged a meeting. She arrived in Canada on Saturday.

While I am glad that she found refuge in a nation willing to allow her basic human liberty, it is in some ways a sad testament to how high-profile applicants and interested politicians can arrange for quick resolutions while there are hundreds of thousands of other human beings left in limbo for years or more, simply because they have no audience or political patrons.

By Darren Smith

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14 thoughts on “Saudi Teenager Involved In Bangkok Standoff Granted Asylum In Canada”

  1. I am very glad that she found refuge. If she gets a candy gram, don’t fall for it. That land shark carries bone saws. Her family may see this as an offensive act, and retaliate. It’s chilling to think there are parents around the world who would rather see their daughter dead than deal with some embarrassment.

    “While I am glad that she found refuge in a nation willing to allow her basic human liberty, it is in some ways a sad testament to how high-profile applicants and interested politicians can arrange for quick resolutions while there are hundreds of thousands of other human beings left in limbo for years or more, simply because they have no audience or political patrons.” It’s true that the plight of someone in the public eye gains international sympathy and attention. Meanwhile, there are many who don’t get their happy ending.

  2. Proves there is more than just one country although I suspect Canada would not block Catholics the way the Regressive Socialists in the USA do. What is it six times now they have blockaded THEIR guests? Gotta keep that anti abortion vote potential down.

  3. If this idea catches on, soon Saudi Arabia will be like China where there are so few women, men must take classes on how to find and keep a wife.

    Perhaps eventually women will establish their own Female State making men second class citizens without voting rights and unable to travel on certain streets or buy property in most parts of cities. Perhaps in the Female State men will be non-citizens without property rights, living in poverty, unable to travel, and shot if they throw stones.

  4. This is off-topic no matter where but does involve assets in Canada:

    Complex tale involving Hillary Clinton, uranium and Russia resurfaces
    Samantha Putterman
    2018 Dec 07
    Politifact

    Gives outline and rates the story mostly false.

    From my perspective this gives no indication why Rosatom would pay good money for such depressed assets with little prospect of recovery in even a decade or possibly two. There are plenty of other sources of uranium in the USA and especially Canada, not to mention Kazakhstan, Australia, and so forth.

    1. All countries do. Under Obama they even doubled quotas and block applicants facing genocide.

      However the best way is valid ID and documented vetting ability plus one million dollars.

      Both paragraphs are true although I’m not sure the non Islamics could get in for that small an amount given the 30% reduction in buying power under the same regime.

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