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: November 29, 2022

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Japan

Institution(s):Tokyo Metropolitan University

On November 29, 2022, an unidentified individual attacked Shinji Miyadai, a sociology professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, on the university’s campus. Miyadai is known for his research and public commentary on compensated dating and various subcultures and religions, including the Aum ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 12, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | Honduras

Institution(s):National Autonomous University of Honduras

On November 12, 2022, student protesters at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) interrupted a meeting of the university council, injuring a university employee, expelling the university’s rector, and reportedly causing damage to university facilities. The students had gathered to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: October 30, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

Institution(s):State University of Haiti

On October 30, 2022, alleged members of a criminal gang kidnapped Auguste Alexis, a professor of law and economics at the State University of Haiti, in the Tabarre neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Alexis was released on November 7, 2022. According to Vant Bèf ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 30, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Islamic Azad University

On October 30, 2022, students reportedly clashed at Islamic Azad University during a ceremony to honor the victims of an attack on a shrine. On October 26, three armed men reportedly entered the Shah Cheragh Shrine, a holy site in the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 30, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Badakhshan University

On October 30, 2022, Taliban personnel prevented female students from entering Badakshan University (BAU) for not wearing burqas. Shortly thereafter, as more female students gathered on campus to protest the decision, Taliban personnel violently attacked them. On May 7, 2022 the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: October 27, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | Guadeloupe

Institution(s):University Hospital of Guadeloupe

On October 27, 2022, as many as 50 people reportedly raided the University Hospital of Guadeloupe (CHUG), in Pointe-à-Pitre, vandalized facilities, cut electricity, and intimidated faculty and students during classes. The CHUG issued a press release noting that the perpetrators forced ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: October 26, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul University

On October 26, 2022, Turkish authorities raided the residence of and detained Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the president of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and a professor of forensic medicine at Istanbul University. Fincancı was charged with spreading terrorist propaganda and ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: October 25, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Italy

Institution(s):Sapienza University of Rome

On October 25, 2022, police attacked peaceful student protesters outside a conference held at the Sapienza University of Rome. The students were protesting against the conference, which was organized by Azione Universitaria (AU), a far-right student organization, and featured members ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 23, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Sharif University of Technology

On October 23, 2022, students from opposing groups clashed at Sharif University of Technology (SUT) during campus protests. On October 3, SUT had suspended in-person classes following a violent crackdown by state security forces on a peaceful protest on campus the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: October 18, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | Brazil

Institution(s):Federal University of Viçosa

On October 18, 2022, an unidentified individual drove his vehicle through a student during a protest outside the Federal University of Viçosa, resulting in minor injuries to the student. The students had assembled in and blocked traffic on a street outside ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances