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 11, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Unaffiliated

On August 11, 2019, Iranian authorities detained anthropologist Kameel Ahmady on “national security” grounds.

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 04, 2019

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Fatoni University

On August 4, 2019, suspected militants detonated a bomb near the entrance of Fatoni University, a private Islamic university in Pattani province, causing damage to campus property. The attack was reportedly carried out at roughly 12:45 AM. According to alleged video ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 25, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Osun State University

On July 25, 2019, police fired tear gas on Osun State University (OSU) students protesting the arrest of at least fifteen students accused of internet fraud. On the morning of July 25, armed security operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 24, 2019

Region & Country:Oceania | Australia

Institution(s):University of Queensland

On July 24, 2019, violent clashes broke out between opposing groups of students during a protest held at the University of Queensland over democracy and human rights concerns in Hong Kong and mainland China. A group of students at UQ, which ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 23, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of KwaZulu-Natal

On July 23, 2019, violence erupted between private security guards and students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 22, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Kerala

On July 22, violence erupted between police and student demonstrators from the University of Kerala resulting in injuries to fifteen people.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 22, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Durban University of Technology

On July 22, 2019, private security reportedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Durban University of Technology (DUT) students during a campus protest. Roughly 150 students of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a political party, and the Student Representative Council ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 19, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Kabul University

On July 19, 2019, a bombing was reported at Kabul University that killed at least eight people and injured another thirty-three. Reports indicate that at least one explosive device was detonated by the south entrance to Kabul University. Exams and other ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 17, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of KwaZulu-Natal

On July 17, 2019, students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus reportedly stoned police vehicles and destroyed campus property while protesting living conditions and the exclusion of certain students from examinations. Over one hundred students reportedly gathered on campus to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 11, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On July 11, 2019, the İstanbul 27th Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced Sibel Bekiroğlu, a research assistant at the Middle East Technical University, to fifteen months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the Bekiroğlu’s endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in predominantly Kurdish areas of southeast Turkey.

Attack Types: Prosecution