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UBC newspaper wins human rights case 0

By Jane Deacon

A UBC student felt a campus newspaper article depicting Chinese students in a bad light. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

A UBC student felt a campus newspaper article depicting Chinese students in a bad light. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a student’s complaint alleging the University of B.C.’s student newspaper depicted Chinese students as hostile and apathetic.

 

In March, The Ubyssey published Going Home: Chinese International Students and Democracy, an article that examined China’s government and possible impacts of Chinese students studying abroad when they return home.

In his complaint, Chen Xu, a UBC student of Chinese origin, alleged the article created “an inferior, misleading, false, stereotypical and discriminatory image which exposes such students to hatred, contempt, harassment and hostility,” reads the tribunal’s Aug. 29 decision.

The Ubyssey countered that the article did not contain discriminatory statements against Chinese students or advocate any harm or mistreatment.

Ultimately, the tribunal dismissed the filing, calling the tone of the article “benign, neutral and sympathetic,” and citing Xu’s inability to provide evidence of the article’s harmful impact on himself or other students.

 

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