Reported Libyan rape victim Eman al-Obeidy has been “forcibly” removed from Qatar and deported to her country’s eastern province, Nic Robertson of CNN is reporting.
Robertson, who interviewed Obeidy when she fled to Qatar last month, reported the news over Twitter.
UPDATE: CNN reports that Qatari authorities took Obeidy and her parents from a hotel in Doha and forced them onto a military plane early Thursday.
The plane has landed in Benghazi but the family’s whereabouts are unknown.
Eman al-Obeidy had been awaiting resettlement as a refugee, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees had prepared papers for her departure from Qatar to begin a new life…
A UNHCR official told CNN that his agency had made repeated requests to the Qatari authorities not to deport al-Obeidy, and that unnamed third parties had also made appeals to Qatar.
“We tried all night to prevent her deportation,” said Vincent Cochetel of the UNHCR office in Washington. He said the Qatari authorities had informed UNHCR that they had a court order that al-Obeidy’s visa had expired; and they ignored UNHCR’s arguments that she already had refugee status.
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UPDATE 2: The Washington Post reports that al-Obeidy was deported after falling out of favor with the Libyan opposition group in Qatar, ostensibly for criticizing them.
An anonymous official cited in the Washington Post report said the Libyan rebels had asked the Qatari authorities to send her home, even though it was against her will.
Here’s how the story unfolded on Twitter: