She said she would be imprisoned or worse if she was sent back to Saudi Arabia, telling Human Rights Watch she was fleeing abuse from her family, including beatings and death threats from male relatives, who forced her to remain in her room for six months for cutting her hair.
Australian national broadcaster ABC reported that the country's Home Affairs Department announced late Tuesday that it would consider Alqunun's application for asylum if she was found to be a genuine refugee, and called on Thai authorities and UNHCR to assess her claim as quickly as possible.
Ms Al-Qunun had planned to enter Australia on a tourist visa and seek asylum before she was detained by Thai authorities on Sunday.
Qunun's father and brother arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday evening and have asked to see her.
Thai officials had tried to force her take a flight to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia scheduled for the morning of January 7.
Ms Alqunun is now in the care of the UNHCR, who will decide if the visit will be allowed.
Australia gave its strongest hint yet on today that an 18-year-old Saudi woman in Bangkok would be granted humanitarian asylum, despite efforts by Riyadh and her family to force her return home.
"When it became clear that she wasn't going to leave, I decided it was important to stay and have someone documenting what was going on", Ms McNeill said. "It was her wish to be under the care of the UNHCR, not that of the Thai government", Surachet told the diplomat.
Thai immigration chief Surachet Hakparn, speaking to journalists outside the Saudi Embassy after meeting with Saudi officials in Bangkok on Tuesday, said officials are concerned about Qunun's safety and well-being. She was planning to seek asylum in Australia but was intercepted at an airport transit zone in Bangkok.
Before the referral, Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia would consider giving Alqunun a humanitarian visa if the UNHCR process found her to be a refugee.
In a separate interview with Reuters, Robertson revealed that the teen's father and brother have arrived in Bangkok and are demanding to meet her. She was reportedly taken to a detention center in the Saudi capital and little more regarding her location or condition is known.
The Department for Home Affairs said it was "pleased" at the developments and had made representations to the Thai government about its "serious concerns on this matter and the need for Alqunun's claim to be assessed expeditiously". "This should be the standard for any individual who claims that his or her life is in danger".
Since Australia has expressed concern in the past about women's rights in Saudi Arabia, it should "come forward and offer protection for this young woman", Pearson said.
Thailand has never ratified the United Nations convention that recognises refugee status, and it considers refugees and asylum seekers as it would any other migrant.
But Thai immigration chief Surachate Hakpan said the men would have to wait to learn whether the UN's refugee agency would allow the request.
"The fact is, now that she has criticized Saudi Arabia, Islam, her family, and "shamed the nation"-there is every reason at this point to fear that she could be jailed for many years and be subject to human rights violations and torture", Stirling said in a statement".
The decision was a matter for Immigration Minister David Coleman, Mr Dutton said.
The immigration police released photos of Surachate and his team sitting down with Saudi embassy charge d'affaires Abdalelah Mohammed Alsheaiby.
Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, was en route from Kuwait via the Philippines but was taken back to Saudi Arabia from Manila airport by her family.
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