Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, who claimed to have run away from her family after enduring physical and psychological abuse, barricaded herself in an airport hotel even as Thai authorities prepared to deport her back to her family at the request of Riyadh.
The 18-year-old barricaded herself in a room at an airport hotel in Bangkok on Sunday, saying she had renounced Islam and her life was in danger from her family in Kuwait.
"She's been recognized by the United Nations as a refugee so we believe the Australian government needs to step up, recognise her plight and recognise what she's gone through, and she could be an icon for the rest of the world that women shouldn't be oppressed and they should be fleeing countries that they are oppressed in".
Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne, left, gestures as she answers a journalist's question in Bangkok, Thailand.
Qunun has refused to meet with her father, who arrived in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Shahad added Ms al-Qunun "thought it was not a unsafe place" and said the friends had "bought her a ticket to Australia from Thailand but she didn't listen to us".
She said other young Saudi women should fight for their rights and not let anyone "break your wings, you're free". In downtown Sydney on Thursday, four women dressed in jeans and calling themselves the Secret Sisterhood held a topless protest outside the building housing the Saudi Consulate, calling on Australia to grant Alqunun residency.
She said there was "no possibility" that Qunun would return to Australia with her Thursday and would not speculate on a timeframe if - as Canberra has heavily hinted this week - she is granted refuge status.
Her father has denied physically abusing her or trying to force her into an arranged marriage, among the reasons she gave for her flight, Thailand's immigration police chief said after meeting him on Wednesday. It said her case had inspired millions and should remind people of the bravery and sacrifices of people who flee their native lands for safety.
He described the man as being a governor in Saudi Arabia.
'He has 10 children. "He said the daughter might feel neglected sometimes", General Surachate said.
"FIFA is therefore calling on all the relevant authorities to take the necessary steps to ensure that Mr Hakeem Al-Araibi is allowed to return safely to Australia where he can resume his career as a professional footballer".
"This player, a Bahrain national, is now being detained in prison in Thailand awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings to Bahrain, where he was previously convicted of a criminal offence, the validity of which he strongly contests", it said.
"Labor has been supportive of the government's moves to consider humanitarian settlement in Australia given she has been found to be owed protection", Wong said.
"I have reiterated those concerns to both ministers".
Al-Araibi, who now plays for Melbourne's Pascoe Vale Football Club, has been publicly critical of the Bahrain royal family's alleged involvement in sports scandals, which puts him at risk of punishment by the Bahraini government.
"Australia has an extra responsibility to move heaven and earth to get Hakeem back to Australia, precisely because Australian police were the ones to tip off the Thai authorities that there was this Interpol Red Notice", Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), told Al Jazeera.
Al-Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain in 2012.
Pressure on world football's governing body FIFA, the AFC and the governments of Bahrain and Thailand needed to continue, he said. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy, and has a reputation for harsh repression since its failed "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011.
"Sheikh Salman is obligated to support Hakeem".
New spotlight on Bahraini footballer? "The silence of the Asian Football Confederation is not just confounding, it's absolutely disgraceful", he said.