Thailand is no friend to asylum seekers, so why did it let a Saudi teenager stay?

Rather than allowing her to fly to Australia and seek asylum, Thai officials detained Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun in a hotel and prepared to send her back to the Middle East.
Rather than allowing her to fly to Australia and seek asylum, Thai officials detained Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun in a hotel and prepared to send her back to the Middle East.PHOTO: AFP/THAI IMMIGRATION BUREAU

BANGKOK (WASHINGTON POST) - When Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, landed in Thailand last Saturday (Jan 5), she became a prisoner.

Rather than allowing her to fly to Australia and seek asylum, Thai officials detained her in a hotel and prepared to send her back to the Middle East.

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