By Emmanuel Okocha (Human Rights Activist) – Nigeria:
After making my in-depth researches, I discovered that earlier last year Saudi Arabia arrested a series of activists— most of whom had campaigned ahead of a legitimate rule change that allowed females to drive. The award-winning women’s rights campaigner, Samar Badawi, was part of the individuals who were arrested.
One of the most trending human rights violations happened on the 7th of January to a young lady called Rahaf al-Qunun. Rahaf al-Qunun got to Thailands main airport on a flight from Kuwait over the weekend, after absconding from her family members, in which she claimed she was subjected to physical and psychological abuse.
After researching deeply into this young girls situations, I have come to the conclusion that Saudi Arabians are very violent when it comes to protection of Human rights. In my own opinion, Rahaf al-Qunun has not done anything wrong so far.
What I think is Rahaf al-Qunun is only looking for a brighter and secured future. Furthermore to her claims, a friend of hers confirmed everything, saying the family is using extreme force against her will and she faced sexual harassment most times. She also received various threats from her cousin. I believe that all these assaults can’t happen in Europe.
When an individual experiences any form of human rights violation, in my opinion, all possible channels should be used in order to get the general public attention. Rahaf al-Qunun made used of the power of social media to gain peoples attention as well as the international bodies (UNCHR) attention.
From what I understand about the whole situation is that she said she will send a video in which she will barricade herself in her hotel room until she is permitted to see UNCHR officials in order to apply for asylum. Rahaf al-Qunun took her case upon herself and fought for it.
The unique thing about this case is that she had access to social media which is a very powerful tool and was able to report on it and bring the worlds attention to her challenges. I think there are many cases like this that go unreported, however, Rahaf al-Qunun made an exception. This is what others with similar issues should do as well.
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