Rahaf al Qunun: Saudi woman claiming abuse pleads for asylum in Thailand

January 8, 2019 | Brainwave Science


Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand after suffering abuse from her family,  is seeking asylum in Australia, Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom, is now under UN protection in Thailand. Qunun had fortified herself in a Bangkok airport hotel accommodation on her arrival as she wasn’t granted to enter Thailand. However, after a wave of support emerged on the social media platform, UNHCR temporarily allowed Qunun to enter Thailand.

According to Thailand’s immigration chief Surachate Hakpan, Qunun’s father and brother arrived in Bangkok and wished to meet his daughter. However, they would require approval from the UN refugee agency in order to see her as she is under UNHCR custody. Qunun told the media she is in grave danger if forced to return in Saudi Arabia as she had renounced Islam. According to Elle, al-Qunun is an atheist; she fears being charged with apostasy, as freedom of religion is not guaranteed under Saudi law.

“The father and brother want to talk to Rahaf, but the UN will need to approve such talk,” Thailand Police Lieutenant General said.

The UN refugee agency stated that they are investigating Qunun’s case after she fled to Thailand saying she feared her family would kill her if she were sent back to Saudi Arabia. Activists are concerned about the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Thailand after Thai authorities reversed a decision to expel her and allow Rahaf al Qunun to enter the country under the care of the UNCHR.

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Thailand denied reports that Riyadh had requested her deportation and considers this issue a family matter.

It concerns Thai authorities about whether her father and brother want to find out where she is and want to harass her or they are worried about their daughter asylum decision. Qunun’s plight unfolded on the social media platform, drawing support from around the world, which put Thai authorities in a dilemma about extraditing Qunun. This case doesn’t come as a surprise as runaway Saudi national especially women, fleeing can be a matter of life and death.


Qunun’s case comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is facing unusually intense scrutiny from its Western allies over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. This case has drawn new global attention to Saudi Arabia’s cruelty toward journalist and women. Saudi women need approval from a male “guardian” to travel abroad.

Recently, several such cases have come into the limelight where the asylum seeker was either mysteriously assassinated in a foreign land, example Saudi sister found dead in New York, or the victims disappeared on return to Saudi Arabia, Dina Ali Lasloom case.  Rahaf al Qunun isn’t the first person to be detained in Thailand, Bahraini footballer was detained in Thailand.  If Rahaf al Qununis deported, she would face criminal charges in Saudi Arabia for “parental disobedience” and for harming the reputation of the kingdom by publicly appealing for help.

Thai authorities are in an extremely difficult and delicate situation where they need the truth before they act swiftly. As a wrong decision would either affect the life of Qunun or relationship between both the countries. As verifying the motive of the Qunun’s parent and herself cannot be achieved through existing conventional intelligence gathering tool such as interviewing.  The real question is how to extract the truth behind this situation when documents and testimonies could be manipulated and only Qunun and father’s brain could reveal the truth? It has been a common practice used by migrants to act a victim of injustice and seek asylum in a foreign country.


Rahaf al Qunun’s case demonstrates precisely why Thai law enforcement agencies should know the truth behind this case before they take a decision. This case has been a global issue and the biggest concern for law enforcement agencies as Rahaf al Qunun’s fate depend on this. Hundreds of Saudi National have faced wrongful executed in such cases. Now it’s time to bring the change but the question is how to reveal the truth? Existing intelligence-gathering methods such interview or polygraph opted by law enforcement agencies in order to know the truth do not provide guaranteed accurate results and are time taking.

As the demand for the better and reliable investigative tool has aroused which could tap inside a human brain and reveal the truth and information he or she possesses. With God’s grace, once such technology does already exist in the security market. Brainwave Science has developed advanced neuroscience-based forensic technology called iCognative to answer the call for such complicated challenges. This technology aims to reveal the truth through the power of brainwaves and eliminate any possibility of human error and inhumane intelligence gathering methods.

iCognative supports law enforcement agencies around the globe to identify the true intention of a person through the information present inside his/her brain and guarantees positive results without the necessity of physical evidence. iCognative technology is based on the scientifically proven and approved P300 and P300-MERMER brain responses, which accurately determine whether a suspect’s brain possesses specific information or not by using a non-invasive proprietary headset to record and analyze brainwaves. These brain responses are involuntary therefore the possibility of error or cheat is virtually zero.

A 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by Thai law enforcement agencies would reveal the absolute truth behind Qunun’s case such as the intention of Qunun’s father and brother, are the allegations true, did Qunun’s family mentally or physically abused her in the past, Is Qunun telling the truth and verify her testimonies. All the investigative details acquired through UNHCR and Thai law enforcement agencies is uploaded into the iCognative system protocol. The system records and analyzes the brainwave responses when case related and confidential information (called Stimuli) is flashed to the suspects on a digital screen in the form of phrases, words or pictures. With over 99% accuracy, iCognative technology determines the truth behind Rahaf al Qunun’s case. This technology can provide the truth to Thai Law enforcement agencies to take the most appropriate decision that no other existing conventional technology could provide.

iCognative is the only available neuroscience-based technology provided by Brainwave Science that can act as a peaceful investigative tool in such a crucial time. Once the truth is revealed, the life of Rahaf al Qunun could be safe and many others and also a proof of Saudi Arabia’s cruelty toward women.  iCognative is the most in-demand forensic technology around the globe as it not only finds the perpetrator with over 99% accuracy but with the same accuracy provide reliable intelligence to protect innocent from suffering.

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