Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun on her mobile phone as she sat barricaded in a hotel room in Thailand's global airport in Bangkok on Monday.
Australia's department of home affairs said on Wednesday the UN High Commissioner for Refugees had referred her case to officials in Canberra who were considering granting the 18-year-old refugee resettlement.
Robertson told CBC's As it Happens that the 18-year old was confined to her room for nearly six months. But after being detained by Thai authorities, she refused to board a flight back to Kuwait, barricading herself in a hotel room.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, ran away from her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait and is now hoping to seek asylum in Australia.
In Saudi Arabia, she would not be able to travel overseas without the permission of a male guardian, so Qanun took the opportunity during a family visit to Kuwait and boarded a flight to Bangkok with the intention of reaching Australia.
On Sunday Thai authorities said Qunun would be sent back to Saudi Arabia, but they abruptly changed course as her plight pinballed across social media.
Qunun said sending her back would likely result in imprisonment and was "sure 100%" that her own family would kill her."My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair", she revealed.Robertson said Qunun's renouncement of Islam also puts her, "at serious risk of prosecution by the Saudi Arabian government". We have no idea what he is going to do ... whether he will try to find out where she is and go harass her.
She told The Daily Mail, "When I came to Thailand someone told me that he will help me to get a visa for Thailand in the airport".
In a video of the meeting, Saudi charge d'affaires Abdalelah Mohammed Alshuaibi could be heard telling Thai officials through a translator: "She opened a Twitter account and her followers grew to 45,000 within one day".
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Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, the first Australian MP to call for Australia to provide refuge to Ms al-Qunun, said it was "time to bring this courageous young woman to Australia to start her life as a free woman".
Thai Immigration Chief Surachata Hakpan said the two will have to seek permission from the U.N.'s refugee agency before gaining access to Alqunun.
"The government will be making no further comment on this matter". "My life is in real danger if I am forced to return to Saudi Arabia".
While such operations often rely on cooperative governments, Saudi authorities have also pursued dissidents in more risky scenarios - most notably Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, sparking a tense public reckoning with Turkish authorities. "If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead".
Thailand is not a signatory to a United Nations convention on refugees, and asylum seekers are typically deported or wait years to be resettled in third countries. She's accused her family abusing of psychologically and physically abusing her.
Thai immigration officials and Saudi diplomats met at the kingdom's Bangkok embassy on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia 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.
He said both countries were treating the issue as a private family matter and looking for a solution together, adding the UNHCR's processes would take five days.