Saudi Sisters Granted Asylum

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ChinesePod News - March 25, 2019

Saudi sisters Reem and Rawan (pseudonyms) fled their family and attempted to seek asylum in Australia last September. After being stopped by Saudi authorities in the Hong Kong international airport, the sisters hid in the city for six months. 

Vocabulary

庇护: asylum

保密: to keep something secret

拦截: to intercept

注销: to cancel

施暴: to use violence

使领馆人员: consular authorities

Vocabulary

庇護: asylum

保密: to keep something secret

攔截: to intercept

註銷: to cancel

施暴: to use violence

使領館人員: consular authorities

News Transcript

来自沙特阿拉伯的一对姊妹,在香港躲藏六个月后,已获名字保密的第三国授予庇护。

去年九月,化名里姆和拉万的两名女子在香港国际机场转机时,遭沙特使领馆人员拦截并注销护照,但当时香港当局给予两人短暂居留权。

里姆和拉万在与家人于斯里兰卡度假期间逃走,原本计画前往澳大利亚寻求庇护。

两人声称长期遭男性亲属施暴,而已策画脱逃多年。

在与有线电视新闻网(CNN)的访问中,姊妹俩表示,她们害怕若被迫回到家人身边可能面临严厉的惩罚甚至死亡。

两人在沙特可能因放弃伊斯兰教或在无男性监护人的允许下擅自离家,而遭刑事指控。

在沙特,女性必须获得男性亲属的同意才能出外工作、旅行或结婚。

News Transcript

來自沙特阿拉伯的一對姊妹,在香港躲藏六個月後,已獲名字保密的第三國授予庇護。

去年九月,化名里姆和拉萬的兩名女子在香港國際機場轉機時,遭沙特使領館人員攔截並註銷護照,但當時香港當局給予兩人短暫居留權。

里姆和拉萬在與家人於斯里蘭卡度假期間逃走,原本計畫前往澳大利亞尋求庇護。

兩人聲稱長期遭男性親屬施暴,而已策畫脫逃多年。

在與有線電視新聞網(CNN)的訪問中,姊妹倆表示,她們害怕若被迫回到家人身邊可能面臨嚴厲的懲罰甚至死亡。

兩人在沙特可能因放棄伊斯蘭教或在無男性監護人的允許下擅自離家,而遭刑事指控。

在沙特,女性必須獲得男性親屬的同意才能出外工作、旅行或結婚。

Two Saudi sisters have been granted asylum in an undisclosed country after hiding in Hong Kong for six months.

Last September, Reem and Rawan (pseudonyms) were stopped by Saudi consular agents during a layover in the Hong Kong international airport. The Saudi agents canceled the sisters’ passports, but local authorities granted the women temporary permission to stay in Hong Kong.

Reem and Rawan had intended to seek asylum in Australia after fleeing their family during a holiday in Sri Lanka.

The sisters, who reported having been abused by their male relatives, had been planning their escape for years.

In an interview with CNN, the sisters said that they feared severe punishment and perhaps death awaited them if they were forcibly returned to their family.

The pair could have faced criminal charges in Saudi Arabia for renouncing Islam and for leaving their home without their male guardian’s approval.

In Saudi Arabia, women must receive permission from a male relative to work, travel, or get married.

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