University of the Arts London Becomes 9th Student Union to Pass Motion of Solidarity with Justice4Sanaz

On the 11th February 2014, just a day after Kingston University Student Union passed a motion of solidarity with Justice4Sanaz, Mostafa Rajaai, the Culture and Diversity Officer at SUARTS, informed me that the University of the Arts London also passed a motion of solidarity in their student union as well! This makes the University of the Arts London the 9th student union, and the 5th inside London, following in the footsteps of King’s College London, Royal Holloway and SOAS to provide solidarity and support this this campaign.


During the Justice4Sanaz University Tour, students at the University of Nottingham and the University of Manchester expressed a strong interest in getting motions of solidarity passed in their respective student unions. I am pleased to see that via J4S, a conversation has started concerning the plight of both postgraduate and non-EU students of color within British higher education.

The J4S has been invited next month to give a talk at Oxford Brooks University UNISON event on the 3rd  March concerning Women’s Rights in the Higher Education. Following that, the campaign has been invited by Defend Education Oxford to speak on the 4th March. Additionally, SOAS Student Union has invited Justice4Sanaz to speak on campus on the 19th March. To keep up-t0-date concerning addition dates on the tour, please go here.


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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