Saudi Arabia’s grim discrimination against women is exposed by Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s startling bravery

Freedom of religion is not legally protected in the Islamic kingdom, and people who convert to another religion risk being charged with apostasy

By Aisha K. Gill; @DrAishaKGill
Source: The Independent Voices

The case of 18-year-old asylum seeker, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun from Saudi Arabia who has been held since Sunday against her will at Bangkok airport sheds a welcome light on the plight of women in Saudi Arabia.

Following Rahaf’s plea for help to the UN, she has finally been granted UNCR refugee access at Bangkok airport “to assess her need for international refugee protection and find an immediate solution for her situation.”

Her harrowing story and twitter feed, where she revealed disturbing alleged abuse from her family, is a reminder of the extent of human rights abuses in her home country and demonstrates the lengths to which women must go to seek protection.

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