Australian Border Force accused of targeting women suspected of fleeing Saudi Arabia

Witnesses and activists have accused Australian Border Force officers of targeting Saudi Arabian women whom they suspect will apply for asylum and blocking them from entering the country when they arrive at Australian airports.

Key points

  • Australian Border Force officers are accused of targeting Saudi women they suspect will apply for asylum.
  • Activists say some Saudi women have been questioned about why they are travelling without a male guardian.
  • At least 80 Saudi women have sought asylum in Australia in recent years.

Activists have also reported that Australian Border Force officials have asked for the phone numbers of women’s male guardians.

“They started to meticulously interrogate girls at the Australian airport at least since August 2017. It is getting worse,” Saudi activist Dr Abdulmohsen said.

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