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Date of Incident: October 11, 2019

Region & Country:Europe | Greece

Institution(s):Various Institutions

Police and students clashed violently during a protest march over proposed educational reforms and the abolition of Greece's university asylum law

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 08, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Ghazni University

On October 8, 2019, a bomb exploded in a classroom at Ghazni University, injuring at least twenty-one students. Reports indicate the explosive device was detonated in a classroom at the Faculty of Arts while classes were in session. Thirteen students were ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 08, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Algeria

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On October 8, 2019, police reportedly arrested dozens of students from various universities holding a peaceful protest calling for democratic reform in Algeria. Protests have spread across Algeria since February 2019, when the country’s president of 20 years, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, announced ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: October 08, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Hindustan College

On October 8, 2019, Indian authorities reportedly arrested Tenzin Norbu, a Tibetan assistant professor at Hindustan College, in an apparent attempt to prevent protests while China’s president was visiting India. Indian president Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Xinping were scheduled ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: October 06, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Chinese University of Hong Kong

On October 6, 2019, riot police reportedly detained five students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in connection with their expressive activity. Since April 2019, Hong Kong has been engulfed in protests, first sparked by a controversial bill (that ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Other

Date of Incident: October 06, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology

On October 6, 2019, suspected members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling political party, reportedly killed Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology (BUET) student, Abrar Fahad, in apparent retaliation for his social media activity and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 03, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):Jagannath University

On October 3, 2019, violent clashes broke out between opposing student groups during a protest on the Jagannath University (JnU) campus. Members of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), held a protest march ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: September 28, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Unaffiliated

On September 28, 2019, Hong Kong border authorities reportedly refused to permit American political scientist and author Dan Garrett to enter the country, in apparent retaliation for his public expression related to democracy and human rights in the region. Garrett holds ...

Attack Types: Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: September 24, 2019

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Indonesia

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On September 24, student demonstrators and police clashed violently during the second day of protests against anti-corruption legislation and a draft criminal code. More than three hundred protesters and police were reportedly treated for injuries sustained during the protest. Hundreds of ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: September 16, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Ghazni University

On September 16, 2019, unidentified individuals carried out a violent attack on a bus carrying Ghazni University students, killing the driver and injuring five students. Sources indicate that a magnetic explosive device had been rigged to the bus, which is reportedly ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances