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Date of Incident: February 18, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Chinese University of Hong Kong

On February 18, 2021, Hong Kong police arrested a Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) student for allegedly participating in a nonviolent campus protest. The student, whose name was not disclosed in news reports, was arrested in Hong Kong after police ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 18, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Kabul University

On February 18, 2021, a Kabul University lecturer was killed in an apparently targeted car bombing. According to police officials, Mubasher Muslimyar, a lecturer of Islamic law, was killed alongside one other person when an improvised explosive device attached to his ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: February 17, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):Barisal University

On February 17, 2021, a large group of people carried out an attack on a student residence hall in apparent retaliation for a student protest. The attack left at least 25 Barisal University students injured. On February 16, a group of ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: February 14, 2021

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Myanmar (Burma)

Institution(s):Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University

On February 14, 2021, soldiers reportedly raided the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University (MAEU) as part of a crackdown on anti-coup protests. Protests broke out across Myanmar following a military-led coup on February 1, 2021. University students and faculty have been regular ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: February 12, 2021

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Myanmar (Burma)

Institution(s):Mawlamyine University

On February 12, 2021, police fired rubber bullets at and beat students and others protesting in front of the Mawlamyine University campus. The protest was part of a series of demonstrations triggered by a military coup on February 1. Students have ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Other

Date of Incident: February 07, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

On February 7, 2021, police arrested Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University student Beyza Buldağ,  in connection with a Twitter account that was critical of the government’s actions targeting Boğaziçi University. The Twitter account @boundayanisma was set up in response to mounting ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: February 05, 2021

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Tufts University

On February 5, 2021, an unidentified individual hijacked a Tufts University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) online event to display racist language. Starting in early March 2020, many higher education institutions across the US suspended in-person classes and campus activities, moving ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: February 04, 2021

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Myanmar (Burma)

Institution(s):University of Medicine, Mandalay

On February 4, 2021, police detained a student and two others protesting outside the gates of the University of Medicine, in Mandalay. Protests broke out in Myanmar following a military coup on February 1 and the arrests of civilian government leaders, ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 01, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On February 1, 2021, Turkish police detained 159 students, faculty, and others peacefully protesting at and around the Bogaziči University campus. Since early January, students and faculty have held frequent protests in response to a controversial rector appointment by President Recep ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 01, 2021

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Egypt

Institution(s):Central European University

On February 1, 2021, Egyptian authorities arrested master’s student Ahmed Samir Santawy. Samir is a second-year MA student in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University in Vienna, Austria. His studies focus on women's rights in Egypt, in particular reproductive ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution