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Gary R. Bunt

Rahaf al-Qunun: updated

Rahaf al-Qunun situation updated:

ABC, Rahaf al Qunun pledges to use her freedom to campaign for others after being granted asylum in Canada

Evening Standard, Rahaf al-Qunun latest: Saudi teen who fled family flies to Canada after being granted asylum

BBC News, Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

BBC News, Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman 'given refugee status', 9 Jan 2019 "A Saudi woman who fled her family and refused to leave a Bangkok hotel has been declared a legitimate refugee by the UN, the Australian government says." This is a significant move, with implications for KSA. See the article in The New Arab, #SaveRahaf: Saudi women rekindle calls to end guardianship laws after runaway teenager grabs world's attention "An Arabic-language hashtag meaning "end guardianship laws or else we will all migrate" has gained traction on Twitter in Saudi Arabia since Rahaf al-Qunun's ordeal has made headlines." The social media element is particularly significant, both in KSA campaigning, and in promoting the refugee status of al-Qunun.

BBC News, Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman ends airport hotel standoff" , 7

Mona Eltahawy tweets on this situation, referring to the impact of this on social media in KSA, as a precedent for similar actions.

Also see The Guardian, Rahaf al-Qunun: Australia will 'consider' granting Saudi woman a visa

"Australia has said it will carefully consider granting a visa to Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun if she’s found to be a refugee by the United Nations."

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