world

Saudi teen who fled family leaves Thailand for asylum in Canada

14 Comments
By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Anna Mehler Paperny

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019.

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.

14 Comments
Login to comment

Congratulations, Canada. You're obviously a country with a heart.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Kudos to Canada!

It's a sorely needed breath a fresh air to see a North American country that is still willing to provide asylum to refugees who really need it.

I think I'll purchase some Canadian products online today so that my tax dollars can go to a system that is actually invested in helping people.

This would not happen in the US because of the well paid Saudi lobbyist in the WH. Thankfully Canada still has a soul.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Canada did good.

Now here is one country with morals and courage.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

The exciting part is when she has to go to a Saudi embassy ...

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Besides that, nice places with nice people. I'm unsure how an 18 yr old girl will support herself in Canada, but she will probably figure it out.

The Canadian government will undoubtedly assist.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

"Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women's rights around the world,

Hats off - once more - to Canada! Walking its talk - again.

Qunun's flight has emerged at a time when Riyadh is facing unusually intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Worrying with Trump severing ties with the US's historical allies that one of the US's few remaining 'allies' is KSA.

Worrying too knowing KSA's MbS, just like his high fivin' buddy Putin, is not afraid to send hitmen abroad.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Does she know how cold it is in Canada? Brrrrr.

Besides that, nice places with nice people. I'm unsure how an 18 yr old girl will support herself in Canada, but she will probably figure it out.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

The sole reason that she was granted asylum is because she has renounced Islam and the punishment for this in Islam is death. This is why she fears for her life and has a reasonable fear of persecution under the UN refugee convention.

Correct - I think she had committed a capital offence under Saudi (sharia) law. The Quran is clear on the punishment for apostasy.

However, an independent and outspoken woman in Saudi will still not have a very bright future. The family could easily kill her out of shame and the authorities would probably not intervene. This is more than about being able to drive.

She has a bright future in Canada. I hope she speaks out for women and atheism.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

This is the best news of the day.

Hoping the Saudis will leave her alone.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

VIVE LE CANADA!

They are a true beacon of human rights and liberty. This is also a clear razzberry to the totalitarian regime of Saudi Arabia, which is evil and for which too many US military lives have defended against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The human rights record is gross - even worse than Iraq ever was and that makes the Saudi royal regime NOT worth defending.

USA, it's time to quit kissing up to the fanatical dirtbag Saudi royal family.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Im glad she escaped Sharia and an oppressive country, society, family. She’ll be fine in North America. I just hope the savages from Saudi gov don’t track her down.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Trudeau proved he has more balls than most of the western world put together.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This article is journalistic malpractice. They go on about the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia but this is completely irrelevant and not why she felt her life was in danger. The sole reason that she was granted asylum is because she has renounced Islam and the punishment for this in Islam is death. This is why she fears for her life and has a reasonable fear of persecution under the UN refugee convention. Not being able to travel or drive does not make you a convention refugee.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The Quran is clear on the punishment for apostasy.

It's anything but clear.

"There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error"

There are scores of scholars, councils, and judges who try to interpret what it all means. I guess it keeps them busy.

I hope it all works out for this young woman. She seems tough and capable.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites