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A statement from your Officers on Salma al-Shehab

We’d like to express our sadness at the recent sentencing of Salma al-Shehab, a PhD student from the University of Leeds. Salma is a Saudi student who returned home for a holiday and was sentenced to 34 years in prison for following and retweeting activists and dissidents on Twitter.

We’re working on finding ways to support Salma and our thoughts are with her, her family, and her friends at this difficult time.


Bethan Corner, Education Officer

Ella Williams, Activities & Opportunities Officer

Emily Tabern, Wellbeing Officer

Haryati Mohammed, Equality & Liberation Officer

Maria Papageorgiou, Union Affairs & Communications Officer

Vicky Zhuo, International & Postgraduate Officer


If you’re affected by the events and would like to talk to somebody, contact our Help & Support team for free, confidential advice. You can find them in the LUU building or get in touch by phone or email.