Piece in the Yorkshire Standard about the Justice4Sanaz University Tour!

Today’s piece in the Yorkshire Standard about the upcoming tour. A few tidbits here:

“Sanaz Raji, who originally came to the UK to study, will be travelling to universities in Warwick, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, before stopping back at Leeds.

She will attempt to highlight what she claims is “inadequate services and facilities” that non-EU international and BME students are suffering.

Sanaz said: “Many non-EU international and BME students are suffering in silence because of woefully inadequate services and facilities within universities that do not address their needs.

“Be it about racism, xenophobia faced on campus or harassment from UKBA Universities who do this intentionally in order to make it impossible for non-EU international students to legally challenge them.

“Likewise, because of the stringent immigration controls on non-EU international students, we have absolutely no recourse to legally remain in the UK and challenge a university for their negligence. People would be surprised to learn that non-EU international students pay anywhere between £11,000 to £20,000 in tuition fees per year.”’

You can read more here.

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Special thanks to Hasan Faridi for reporting.

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About justice4sanaz

For 3 years, Sanaz Raji, a non-EU international student from the United States, has waged a fearless and brave fight against institutional aggression, bullying, and racism from the School of Media and Communication (formerly the Institution of Communications Studies) University of Leeds. The School of Media and Communication took away Sanaz's scholarship in August 2011, only 2 weeks before the start of her third year into her PhD studies. The School of Media and Communication breached their own procedures and rules concerning evaluating student progress. By taking away Sanaz's scholarship, the School of Media and Communication prevented her from continuing her studies in addition to having a decent standard of living with food and shelter that all students expect as a human right. In waging her battle for equal rights for non-EU international students, Sanaz was evicted from her university accommodation in May 2014, threatened with an ASBO (anti-social behavior order) and now fighting against deportation. All non-EU international students should have the right to challenge their universities for their failings without the threat of harassment or deportation. Justice4Sanaz is a movement to redress the failure of the student movement to discuss the myriad of ways that non-EU students, especially those who are people of color, are silenced, bullied and threatened within the neoliberal British university system.
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