Tensions surrounding tuition hikes escalated in 2014 and 2015, culminating in the birth of the #IAmAStudent movement.
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In an attempt to inspire more action, Dalya Al Masri, a recent UBC alum and Palestinian-Canadian political analyst, has created the event “Dangers of Free Speech: The Unjust Arrest of Loujain al-Hathloul.” It will take place on January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Now detained in a Saudi prison, Loujain al-Hathloul graduated from UBC in 2014 and rose to fame for challenging the guardianship law in Saudi Arabia.
Her charges include “communicating with external hostile powers, providing financial support to external parties, and luring and exploiting minors to work against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
With workplaces shutting down and bills to pay, students are increasingly having to grapple with food insecurity.
In past reports, the university simply listed the island as “Taiwan,” but in a recent enrolment report, it was lengthier: “Taiwan (Province of China).”
Taiwan’s foreign affairs ministry called on UBC to change the reference earlier today.