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: October 29, 2021

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) reportedly barred three UF professors from testifying as expert witnesses in a lawsuit to protect voting rights, according to a document filed in the case on October 29, 2021. The lawsuit involves allegations that recently-passed election ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: October 29, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On October 29, 2021, Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) administration ordered the cancellation of a webinar on Kashmir organized by the university’s Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS), apparently based on political considerations. The webinar, titled “Gender resistance and fresh challenges in post-2019 ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: October 04, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):University of Maiduguri

On October 4, 2021, security guards reportedly used force against and detained students participating in a nonviolent protest at the University of Maiduguri. Dozens of students were reportedly protesting an increase in tuition fees and faulty electricity and water access on ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: September 28, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Various

On September 28, 2021, in Istanbul, police reportedly arrested about 80 students participating in a protest over the lack of affordable student housing. Starting on September 19, students from various universities across the country began camping out and sleeping in parks ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: September 28, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Various

On September 28, 2021, in Izmir, police reportedly arrested 28 students participating in a protest over the lack of affordable student housing. Starting on September 19, students from various universities across the country began camping out and sleeping in parks or ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: September 28, 2021

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Egypt

Institution(s):Cairo University

On September 28, 2021, the New Cairo Court ordered the detention of Dr. Ayman Mansour Nada, a renowned journalism professor and head of the Radio and Television Department at Cairo University, apparently for his public criticism of some of Egypt’s ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: September 22, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Various

On September 22, 2021, police reportedly arrested six students during a protest over a lack of affordable student housing. Starting on September 19, students from various universities across the country began camping out and sleeping in parks or in the streets ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: September 22, 2021

Region & Country:Americas | Mexico

Institution(s):Various

On September 22, 2021, Mexico’s attorney general’s office (FGR), sought to charge and arrest 31 scientists, academics, and researchers for money laundering, organized crime, and embezzlement. The FGR filed the charges and requested arrest warrants for the 31 academics with the ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: September 20, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Plateau State Polytechnic

On September 20, 2021, state security forces responding to a nonviolent student protest at Plateau State Polytechnic (PlaPoly) fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing one student. Students were protesting the postponement of exams due to a faculty union strike initiated ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: September 20, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Zimbabwe

Institution(s):Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College

On September 20, 2021, police arrested ten students during a protest in front of Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College (BTTC). Students gathered in front of the BTTC campus to protest the BTTC administration’s decision to raise tuition fees and prohibit students who ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution