UBC student union files UN complaint over PSE access

November 27, 2009

The University of British Columbia's Alma Mater Society has lodged a complaint with the United Nations over the federal and BC governments' failure to meet international obligations to provide accessible higher education. The AMS contends that by failing to properly control tuition fees and not providing adequate financial support to students, the government is violating its commitment under Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, which states "higher education shall be made accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education." Not all AMS councillors were consulted on the complaint, according to Maclean's OnCampus. An emergency council meeting was held Saturday to retract the complaint, and to ask for the resignations of the AMS's president and VP of external affairs. UBC AMS News Release | Vancouver Sun | Georgia Straight | Maclean's OnCampus | The Ubyssey (student newspaper)