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Date of Incident: February 13, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University | Istanbul University

On February 13, 2019, the İstanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court sentenced three academics to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in apparent retaliation for their endorsement of a ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: February 12, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

Institution(s):University of Bahri | University of Khartoum | University of Nileen

On February 12, 2019, security forces reportedly arrested 14 professors at a peaceful protest at the University of Khartoum (UofK). Since December 19, 2018, protesters in Khartoum and throughout Sudan have been demonstrating over food shortages and demanding the resignation of ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 12, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Cape Peninsula University of Technology

On February 12, 2019, police violently clashed with students during a protest at the Western Cape College of Nursing (WCCN), a college of Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Police arrested 21 students on charges of “public violence” in connection with ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: February 07, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On February 7, 2019, student protesters were reportedly attacked by another group of students on the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) campus. In early February, students at JMI began protesting against the Head of Department of Applied Arts, Professor Hafeez Ahmed, apparently ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: February 07, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University

On February 7, 2019, the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court sentenced İstanbul Bilgi University professor Alper Akyüz to two years and six months imprisonment on a charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization as a non-member.” The charges ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: February 06, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Central Johannesburg College | University of Johannesburg | University of the Witswatersrand

On February 6, 2019, authorities reportedly violently clashed with students from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and Central Johannesburg College (CJC) during a protest march. At least one student was injured during the clashes. Students ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: February 05, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Durban University of Technology

On February 5, 2019, a student was killed by private security personnel during a violent protest at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Students on university campuses across South Africa have been holding protests over financial assistance for students since February ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: January 28, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Honduras

Institution(s):National Autonomous University of Honduras

On January 28, 2019, police and students reportedly clashed during a protest at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). The students’ protest reportedly called for the resignation of Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernández. According to press reports, students burned ties ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 28, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Liberia

Institution(s):University of Liberia

On January 28, 2019, student groups reportedly clashed violently at University of Liberia’s Capitol Hill campus during the Liberian president’s annual address. Students gathered to protest a ban on student political activities as well as a temporary suspension of campus activities, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 27, 2019

Region & Country:Central Africa | Congo (DRC-Kinshasa)

Institution(s):University of Lubumbashi

On January 27, 2019, police violently clashed with University of Lubumbashi students, killing at least three students and injuring others. The students were reportedly protesting electricity and gas shutoffs in the region that affected their campus as well as university student ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances