Canada and Australia in talks with UN to accept Saudi asylum seeker
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Canada and Australia in talks with UN to accept Saudi asylum seeker

Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept the Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun who fled alleged abuse by her family, police in Thailand have said.

The immigration police chief said on Friday that the UN was accelerating Qunun’s case, but he gave no indication of when the process would be completed.

Qunun, 18, was stopped at a Bangkok airport on Saturday and said her passport was seized. She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and wrote about her situation on social media, prompting a global campaign to prevent her being returned to Saudi Arabia.

The UN high commissioner for refugees granted Qunun refugee status on Wednesday.

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