UN tries to help Saudi woman who eloped to Yemen

UN tries to help Saudi woman who eloped to Yemen

The U.N. has called for a Saudi woman to be given asylum in Yemen to avoid being deported back to Saudi Arabia, after she eloped with a Yemeni man, a U.N. official said on Sunday

In October, Huda al-Niran, 22, crossed into Yemen after her family refused to allow her to marry Arafat Radfan, a Yemeni she had met while he was working at a mobile telephone shop in Saudi Arabia.

Yemeni authorities detained the woman for entering the country illegally pending her trial, which is expected to result in her being deported back to Saudi Arabia.

An official at the UNHCR office in Sanaa told Reuters on condition of anonymity the UN agency would help Niran obtain “a humanitarian asylum”.

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“If Yemeni authorities do not agree to grant her the right of asylum, the UNHCR will look for another country to host her,” the UN official said.

Yemeni government officials could not immediately be reached for a comment.

On Sunday, a Yemeni court postponed issuing a ruling in her case until December 1, Kadi said, as hundreds of people gathered outside the courtroom chanting: “Love before borders and citizenship.”

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