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"Now, the case of a Saudi teenager and her Twitter account that is capturing international attention. That's right. This morning. There are tens of thousands of posts with the hash tag, save or a Hof. They're talking about eighteen year old Rehoboth, Muhammed, L Kanoun who has spent the last a barricaded in a hotel room in Bangkok. She says her family is abusive, and if she goes back to them she's afraid she's going to be killed. I'm not leaving model until I see you N H CR island to asylum that is from video that she posted to Twitter yesterday. Now this morning authorities in Thailand or saying they won't deport her against her will, but activists are still watching this very closely Human Rights Watch. Now tells NPR that activists have filed an injunction to stop the Thai government from deporting her reporter Michael Sullivan joins us from Bangkok with an update. Hi there. Michael. Hi, steve. How did she get away from her family in the first place? Well, from what she told Human Rights Watch and a few others who spoke with her. She. Saw an opportunity, and she took it maybe even planned it in advance that she was on a trip with her family to Kuwait and Kuwait doesn't have the same rule about a woman travelling by yourself, which is why she could get on a plane by yourself, and she did and the Bank was just a transit point that a real destination was Austrailia and asylum there, but you didn't get the chance Steve because when she got off the plane here in Bangkok, she was met by a guy it's unclear whether Saudi or Kuwaiti who took her passport and later came back with Thai authorities who told her she'd be sent back to Kuwait this morning. She was supposed to leave on an eleven AM flight, but it took off without her after she barricaded herself into room in the transit hotel at the airport tweeting up a storm asking for help your pointing out that if she had tried to leave from a Saudi Arabian airport. Somebody might have said, wait a minute. You're a woman traveling alone. We don't we frown on that. There might have been a problem. But in this case, she was outside the country. Now, she's in Thailand what kind of pressure is on Thailand to keep her from being sent back. I don't think there's a lot of. Pressure on the Saudi government. Because of I mean, there wasn't a lot after Jamal Kosovo. Jeez. Murder. Right. But on the Thai side, maybe a little different story. I think there are little more sensitive to pressure and several European governments have expressed their concern already on the other hand, this kind of thing Steve happens often enough here in Thailand that human rights groups are really frustrated by it in the past couple of years. Thailand has sent back Wiegert and other dissidents to China when Beijing is asked and just a few months ago, the ties arrested a soccer player from buffering who'd been critical of powerful government official. He'd already been granted asylum in Australia, and it come here on his honeymoon. But he was arrested. Anyway, here's Phil Robertson, the deputy director for Human Rights Watch. I'm hoping that Thailand will recognize that if they received on the course that Saudi Arabia wants them to take they will earn a very dark Mark on their international reputation. Okay. Michael what is Thailand saying, and what are the Saudis saying about this, basically, the both blame her the Saudi embassy says the they had nothing to do with it that she was detained by the Thais because she didn't. Have a return ticket. That's a little confusing since she told Human Rights Watch. She was just transiting in Bangkok. But it also seems that she may have told some news outlets that the guy who took her passport tricked her telling her he could help to get a visa here. And she said she'd been planning on spending a couple of days here until she went onto Austrailia either way the ties were going along with the Saudi version of things until late this afternoon. Now, they're saying she won't be returned against her. Will let's see Michael thanks very much for the update. You're welcome. Steve that's NPR's. Michael Sullivan in Bangkok. And that is up. I for this Monday, January seventh. I'm Steve Inskeep. And I'm no well king. We'd love it. If you would start your day here with us again tomorrow. And we know the."