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She planned to seek asylum in Australia and expressed fears that she would be killed if she were sent back to Saudi Arabia by Thai Immigration officials who had detained her at the airport.

She will be subject to Australian checks before she is granted a humanitarian visa, including character and security assessments.

"The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement", Australia's Home Affairs Department said, adding it would "consider this referral in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR referrals".

Thai officials confiscated the 18-year-old's passport when she flew into Bangkok.

Alqunun's father - a senior Saudi official - and her brother, who she says often physically abused her, are now in Thailand.

Thai officials had tried to force her take a flight to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia scheduled for the morning of January 7.

The Thai government allowed her to enter the country temporarily under the protection of the UNHCR while her case was being assessed.

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Qunun has said she believes she will be imprisoned or killed if sent back, and that her family is so strict they once locked her in a room for six months for cutting her hair. We have no idea what he is going to do ... whether he will try to find out where she is and go harass her.

The official did not confirm or deny if the visa had been revoked, but said it would make no difference to her bid to reach Australia.

Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, plotted an escape from what she describes as persistent abuse and oppression by family members in Saudi Arabia.

To ease any doubt about her online identity, Qanun posted her first of a string of videos from the airport with the caption: "I'm a real person and still breathing, but I'm not sure I'll survive if the Saudi Embassy doesn't stop pursuing me".

"Her time in Thailand is uncertain and while it's positive that she has access to UNHCR and her case is being reviewed, we know that the Thai authorities have kept other individuals and those who've sought asylum in reprimand, in detention, waiting for long periods of time to be granted asylum", she said.

Qunun is staying in a Bangkok hotel while the UNHCR processes her application for refugee status, before she can seek asylum in a third country.

"I believe the father and brother of al-Qunun want to give information to the UNHCR for it to have both sides of the story.

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I would hope that, once her claim has been assessed, the Australian government will act quickly to get her out of Thailand and to safety".

Dubai-based human rights lawyer Rahda Stirling told 9 News that Alqunun's life could be in danger if she is repatriated to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's human rights record has been under heavy scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi past year. "If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead".

However, Thai immigration chief Surachate Hakpan said the men would have to wait to learn whether the UN's refugee agency would allow them to. In a video clip of the meeting released by Thai immigration police, Alsheaiby is heard telling Thai officials: "From the moment she arrived, she opened a new account and her followers reached nearly 45,000 in a day".

Saudi Arabia enforces male guardianship laws, which require that women, regardless of age, have the consent of a male relative - usually a father or husband - to travel, obtain a passport or marry.

Another Saudi woman, Dina Ali Lasloom, was in April 2017 returned to Saudi Arabia from the Philippines - also against her will as she faced a forced marriage, according to a report by HRW.

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