The United Nations Human Rights Council has granted refugee status to Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun.
Al-Qanun was traveling through Thailand with Australia as her final destination, and was using a tourist visa to gain entry to the country.
However, when it became clear that tourism was not her intention, Australian officials declared that she would not be granted entry and airport staff in Thailand attempted to force Mohammed to return to Saudi Arabia, prompting her to barricade herself in the airport and live-stream her experience on Twitter.
Video from @rahaf84427714 just sent from her hotel room at the #Bangkok airport. She has barricaded herself in the room & says she will not leave until she is able to see #UNHCR. Why is #Thailand not letting @Refugees see her for refugee status determination? @hrw #SaveRahaf pic.twitter.com/3lb2NDRsVG
— Phil Robertson (@Reaproy) January 7, 2019
In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for a Muslim to convert or renounce their faith; apostasy is a crime punishable by death.