Ms Qunun is now in the care of the UN's refugee agency in Bangkok, which is processing her case.
"The Saudi charge d'affaires said he is satisfied and expressed confidence on the work of Thai immigration, of the Thai government, and of the Foreign Ministry yesterday". Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for The Washington Post, had been living in self-imposed exile before he was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents. "I want asylum", she said. She boarded a plane in Kuwait, hoping to seek asylum in Australia, but was intercepted at an airport transit zone in Bangkok, Thailand.
Al-Qunun's supporters believe her visa to Australia may have been cancelled as she reportedly found she was unable to log into her Australian government immigration profile.
The teenager, who claimed that she has been physically and mentally abused by her family, attracted global media attention when she made a desperate call for asylum through her Twitter account claiming that she would be killed if she was returned to her family.
The father and brother of a Saudi teenager who was detained in Bangkok after fleeing a family she claims will kill her are, according to police, due to arrive in Thailand imminently, where she is not being deported home as initially feared.
Her family has so far not commented on her accusations.
The agency said in a statement that it required five days to process the girl's request. The department said that it will...
The 18-year-old was stopped by officials in Thailand who confiscated her passport. "We are both concerned for Miss Rahaf's safety and well-being", said Surachate.
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Alqunun told The New York Times that she started planning an escape when she was 16.
"The fact is, now that she has criticized Saudi Arabia, Islam, her family, and "shamed the nation"-there is every reason at this point to fear that she could be jailed for many years and be subject to human rights violations and torture", Stirling said in a statement".
Apostasy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.
The ultra-conservative kingdom has some of the world's toughest restrictions on women, including a guardianship system that allows male family members to make decisions on behalf of female relatives.
But while she was in the air, her influential father had alerted Saudi authorities who in turn pressured Thai authorities at Bangkok airport to seize her passport and deny her access to her connecting flight to Sydney on Saturday.
Ms Mohammed al-Qunun's father and brother have arrived in Thailand but she is refusing to see them.
"I'm [sic] rahaf mohmed, formally seeking a refugee status to any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family", she said in a Twitter post dated January 6 from a hotel room at Bangkok Airport where she had barricaded herself in.
Canada and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads over human rights issues since the summer, when Canadian Twitter accounts urged the Saudi government to free women's rights activists it had recently jailed.