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'I'm sure 100 percent they will kill me': Saudi woman, 18, tweets that she is trapped in Bangkok airport after her passport was confiscated as she fled from her family who are furious that she renounced Islam (3 Pics)

A Saudi woman is being held in Bangkok after trying to escape her abusive family who she says will kill her on her return to the kingdom.
In a series of tweets Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, has described being followed around Bangkok airport by Saudi officials who then robbed her of her passport.
She fled her family on a trip to Kuwait two days ago and is trying to reach Australia, via Bangkok, to seek asylum after renouncing Islam.
But after a relative reported her for travelling without the company of a male guardian she was detained and, as of a video posted at 1pm today, she was being held in the Miracle Transit Hotel at the airport.
Rahaf said: 'My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair,' she said, adding that she is certain she will be imprisoned if she is sent back.
'I'm sure 100 percent they will kill me as soon as I get out of the Saudi jail,' she said, adding that she was 'scared' and 'losing hope'.
As of an update posted at around 2.30pm GMT, Rahaf was in a hotel near the airport with multiple security and immigration officials preventing her from leaving the building. 
At 4.30pm she tried to plead with the President of the United states directly, tweeting: '@realDonaldTrump please help me. I’m hoping that you heard about me. I’m Saudi girl who fled from her family. Now I could be killed if they drag me back to my male guardian.'
President Trump considers the kingdom's Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a close ally, and has rejected the findings of his own intelligence agencies which linked 'MBS', as he is known, to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Rahaf said on Twitter: 'I have been threatened by several staff from the Saudi embassy and the Kuwaiti airlines, and they said 'If you run, we will find you and kidnap you, then deal with you' I really don't know how they are going to behave in case I run.' 
In another tweet she said: 'I have been detained in an airport hotel. I will be forcibly repatriated tomorrow to Kuwait and then Saudi.
'There is an airport person who constantly follows me. I can't even ask for protection or asylum in Thailand. Thai police refuse to help me.'
She also shared a picture of her passport 'because I want you to know I'm real and exist'.
Another tweet read: 'I'm afraid my family will kill me.'
Thai officials claim it is a family matter and say she will be deported to Saudi - where renouncing Islam is punishable by death, and activists say women are at risk of 'honour killings' by family members - tomorrow at 11am.
It is a chilling echo of the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, a Saudi woman who in April 2017 was held for 13 hours in Manilla airport while trying to flee a forced marriage. She was forcibly taken back to Saudi Arabia by uncles and never heard from again.
A Thai official confirmed today that an 18-year-old Saudi woman seeking asylum was denied entry to Thailand and held in Bangkok's airport. 
Thailand's immigration chief Surachate Hakparn told AFP: 'Rahaf Mohammed M Alqunun ran away from her family to avoid marriage and she is concerned she may be in trouble returning to Saudi Arabia'.
 He said: 'She had no further documents such as return ticket or money.
He added that Thai authorities contacted the 'Saudi Arabia embassy to coordinate'.
Thailand's immigration chief Surachate Hakparn said Rahaf would be sent back to Saudi Arabia by Monday morning, adding, 'It's a family problem'. 
But Rahaf and Human Rights Watch said in fact she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she arrived in Suvarnabhumi airport and her passport was forcibly taken from her after a a male guardian had reported her for traveling 'without his permission'.
Rahaf said she was trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse. 
She took to Twitter to plead her case, creating a profile with an Arabic bio that reads 'I just want to survive'.
During a video livestream showing her walking around a carpeted hallway, Rahaf spoke in Arabic about how her father had told Saudi embassy officials she was a 'psychiatric patient' who had to be returned, even though she had 'an Australian visa'.
'I can't escape the airport,' she said in the live video. 'I tried but there's a security (official) watching me.' 
Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Phil Robertson said: 'What country allows diplomats to wander around the closed section of the airport and seize the passports of the passengers?'
Mr Robertson told MailOnline: 'Rahaf faces being sent back to face honor related violence from her family, and openly says that her father will kill her.
'What is that so hard for governments and UN agencies around the world to understand, and why has the response to her pleas been so slow?
'Instead, Saudi Arabia's diplomats apparently have the run of the Bangkok airport while Thailand makes up stories about her being denied a visa when she was changing planes to go to Australia.
'All Rahaf wanted is to live independently in a place where she can decide her work, her religion and how she lives her life.
'Thailand should let her go to Australia, or failing that, allow UNHCR to meet her so she can apply for asylum.'
Rahaf shared this copy of her passport saying on Twitter, 'I'm sharing it with you now because I want you to know I'm real and exist'

Earlier today Rahaf told the BBC that she had renounced Islam, and feared she would be forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia and killed by her family.
Thai police Major General Surachate Hakparn told the BBC that Ms Mohammed al-Qunun was escaping a marriage but because she did not have a visa to enter Thailand, police had denied her entry and were in the process of repatriating her through the same airline she had taken, Kuwait Airlines.
Gen Surachate said he was unaware of any passport seizure and it is unclear why Ms Mohammed al-Qunun would need a Thai visa if she was in transit to Australia and had an Australian visa.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun's tweets are being translated and shared online. She says she is in real danger if she is forced to return to Saudi Arabia

Online, Arabic speakers, human rights activists and journalists have attempted to bring a media spotlight to the case on Twitter using the hashtag #SaveRahaf
Her story has all the hallmarks of the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, a Saudi woman who hoped to find sanctuary in Australia from a forced marriage.
In April 2017 she was detained in Manilla airport by authorities in the Phillipines,  taken back to Saudi Arabia by her uncles and never heard from again. 
She used a Canadian tourist's phone to send a message, a video of which was posted to Twitter, saying her family would kill her.  
The Saudi embassy in Thailand and officials in Riyadh could not be reached for comment today. 
The ultra-conservative Middle Eastern kingdom has long been criticised for imposing some of the world's toughest restrictions on women.
That includes a guardianship system that allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives.
If punished for 'moral' crimes, they could become victims of further violence in 'honour killings' at the hands of their families, activists say.
A spokeswoman for the United Nations' refugee agency, the UNHCR, told MailOnline: 'For reasons of confidentiality and protection, we are not in a position to comment on the details (or even confirm or deny the existence) of individual cases.
'However, UNHCR consistently advocates that refugees and asylum seekers – having been confirmed or claimed to be in need of international protection – cannot be returned to their countries of origin according to the principle of non-refoulement, which prevents states from expelling or returning persons to a territory where their life or freedom would be threatened.
'This principle is recognized as customary international law, and is also enshrined in Thailand's other treaty obligations.' 
A spokeswoman for Amenesty International said the charity was 'not involved' in the case. 

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