SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

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Date of Incident: August 30, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Russia

Institution(s):Higher School of Economics

On August 30, 2020, unidentified individuals reportedly beat Igor Jukov, a prominent student activist and blogger, in apparent retaliation for his public criticism of President Vladimir Putin. On December 6, 2020, Jukov had been convicted of the crime of “inciting terrorism” ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Loss of Position

Date of Incident: August 28, 2020

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

Institution(s):University of Haiti

On August 28, 2020, Monferrier Dorval, a professor of law at the University of Haiti and head of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association, was murdered shortly after he made comments critical of the government. In the hours prior to his murder, Dorval ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 28, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):Belarusian State University

On August 28, 2020, police reportedly arrested Belarusian State University (BSU) professor Svetlana Volchek and her husband in apparent retaliation for their alleged participation in nationwide protests over the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. The official results of the August 9 ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: August 24, 2020

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Ramkhamhaeng University

On August 24, 2020, Thai authorities arrested Panupong Jadnok, a Ramkhamhaeng University student and pro-democracy activist, for the second time in three weeks, in connection with peaceful protest activities. Panupong had been arrested on August 7, 2020, in connection with ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: August 14, 2020

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Thammasat University

On August 14, 2020, police arrested Thammasat University student activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak in apparent retaliation for his participation in and co-organization of nationwide youth-led protests. Most notable among these protests was a July 18 “Free Youth” Rally, which took place ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: August 12, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):George Washington University

On August 12, 2020, Belarussian authorities detained George Washington University (GW) PhD candidate Stas Gorelik amid nationwide protests over widely condemned national election results. The official results of the August 9 election had President Alexander Lukashenko, who first took office in ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: August 07, 2020

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Ramkhamhaeng University

On August 7, 2020, Thai authorities arrested Panupong Jadnok, a Ramkhamhaeng University student and pro-democracy activist, in connection with peaceful protest activities. Thai authorities arrested Panupong on charges arising out of his participation in a July 18 “Free Youth” Rally ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: July 28, 2020

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):University of Hong Kong

On July 28, 2020, the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Council ordered the dismissal of Associate Professor of Law Benny Tai, in connection with his peaceful pro-democracy activism. Tai has come under fire for his active role in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: July 28, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Delhi University

On July 28, 2020, Indian authorities arrested scholar-activist Hany Babu in apparent retaliation for his human rights activism. Babu is an associate professor in the Department of English at Delhi University (DU) with a specialization in policy, social justice, linguistic identity, ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: July 27, 2020

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Hong Kong Baptist University

On July 27, 2020, Hong Kong Baptist University informed lecturer Shiu Ka-chun that his teaching contract would not be renewed, apparently in retaliation for his peaceful activism. Shiu was convicted on April 9, 2019, for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position