An image of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun released by Human Rights Watch. Qunun says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia. Photo: AP

Saudi teenager seeking asylum in Thailand may get fast-tracked refugee status, activists say

  • Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is being evaluated by the UN refugee agency to assess her need for international protection, a process that usually takes months
  • Human Rights Watch says a return to her home country would put her in danger as she has renounced Islam
Topic |   Asylum seekers in Asia

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An image of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun released by Human Rights Watch. Qunun says she is fleeing abuse by her family and wants asylum in Australia. Photo: AP
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.