BANGKOK | Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada
BANGKOK —January 11, 2019—An 18-year-old Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse by her family left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun is flying to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea, said Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that his country had granted her asylum.
“That is something that we are pleased to do because Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights and to stand up for woman’s rights around the world and I can confirm that we have accepted the U.N.’s request,” Trudeau said.