A young Saudi woman has barricaded herself into a hotel in Thailand, saying that she has fled from abusive relatives and will be killed if sent back home. Her claims have caught the attention of human rights campaigners. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, a Saudi national, says she intended to seek asylum in Australia but a representative from the Saudi Embassy seized her passport in Bangkok airport on Sunday. She has barricaded herself in a hotel room in the airport's transit zone out of fear that she will be deported to her home country. Thai immigration officials initially indicated that the woman would be sent back on Monday, but later clarified that she wouldn't be deported immediately, citing safety reasons. "If deporting her would result in her death, we definitely wouldn't want to do that," immigration chief Surachet Hakparn noted. Al-Qunun's lawyers, meanwhile, said that an injunction calling for deportation procedures to be blocked was rejected in court. The legal team is...
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