The Tweet, which should protect you from the own family and the Thai authorities sent them at 3.30 o’clock in the morning from the transit area of Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok in the world.

“I’m the girl who has made it from Kuwait to Thailand,” wrote the 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun. “My life is in real danger, if I’m going to return forced to return to Saudi Arabia”.

The young woman later explained that she had renounced Islam, and therefore fear, your family could do to her something.

on a family trip to Kuwait she had fled, wanted to go to Australia, but in the transit area in Thailand was suddenly closing. According to Qunun your officials took her passport and threatened you in your home to deport her. Qunun barricaded himself in a room in a transit hotel until the deportation flight took off without them.

father traveled to ride her to Bangkok

The Saudi authorities, the information on the 18-Year-olds. In a press release it is, Qunun had been stopped by the Thai authorities, because they would not have the appropriate papers for a trip or a hotel reservation. No delivery of the woman had been required by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangkok. Rather, it was a family affair. So also the chief of the Thai immigration authorities, who, according to their own information, before the Arrival Qununs no contact with Saudi authorities describing it. Which Version at the end is not right, the authority, or of the young wife, is clear.

Saudi Arabian women are not allowed to meet without the consent of their male guardian to travel or other important life decisions. In the case of Qunun this is your father speaking shortly after their escape, traveled to Bangkok to be with his daughter. The a Meeting but she declined.

Twitter image from Qunun

Under the Hashtag #SaveRahaf your story spread within hours across several continents. Qunun described on your channel the physical and mental injuries that have been inflicted to her by her family. You wrote several States directly and asked for help. In the meantime, friends recorded your Twitter channel. Journalists, human rights activists and diplomats have responded to the digital call for help from the transit hotel, the German Ambassador Georg Schmidt.

The sudden global attention to the fate of the 18-Year-old probably significantly influenced. A Saudi officer, said at a Meeting with the Thai Official: “it has opened up a Twitter Account and the number of their Followers increased on a day to 45,000. It would have been better to have her off the phone, instead of a passport, because Twitter has changed everything.” Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch sees the dissemination of the Case via Twitter the decisive step: “Everyone has to see. If the social media work, this is what happens,” he told the Reuters news Agency.

Qunun is definitely come up with something up to date, Unlikely – and also because they knew that, unlike other stakeholders, the social media sent to use. The Thai authorities are more likely to be known to bow to the Wishes of other States, when unpleasant become citizens embark on Thai territory.

about the case of footballer Hakeem al-Araibi from Bahrain. Sentenced in 2014, in his home in the absence due to vandalism to a long prison sentence. For nearly five years he already lives in Australia, where refugee status was granted.

Hakeem al-Araibi in Bangkok

On a holiday trip to Thailand, the athlete was on 27. November of last year, however, at the airport in Bangkok. The Thai authorities cite a Bahrain requested, writes the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” to the case. In mid-December, a Thai court ruled that the player should remain in custody. He should be extradited to threaten him, according to information from torture.

Also, China has taken in the past seems to influence on decisions of the Thai authorities.

about two years Ago, has been stuck at the same airport, the Qunun this weekend, the most famous representative of the students taken protests in Hong Kong. Joshua Wong was denied entry to about twelve hours, the then 19-Year-old was stuck in a cell, before he was again brought back to Hong Kong. Allegedly, he had been at the Request of China on a “black list” is set, writes the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in an appeal to the Thai newspaper “The Nation”.

Joshua Wong to court in Hong Kong

In the case of the 18-year-old Qurun has adopted, in the meantime, the refugee Agency of the United Nations (UNHCR) on the matter. The Thai authorities decided first of all to the young woman to return. They even published a picture of your passport, you have to get. Meanwhile, the United Nations have awarded to her the refugee status. Australia is considering, according to the competent Ministry of the interior, to give it to her on humanitarian grounds for a visa.

“For someone who is 18 years old, you are so brave and grown up”, is read on the background image of the Twitter-channel of Qunun.

staff: Karl Vandenhole, with Material from Reuters

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.