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: May 21, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Sabanci University

On May 21, 2019, the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Sabancı University professor Ayşe Gül Altınay to two years and one month imprisonment on a charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization as a non-member.” The charge ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 14, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Amar Singh College

On May 14, 2019, violent clashes reportedly broke out between authorities and students at Amar Singh College during a protest just outside the campus gates. The students were protesting in response to news of the rape of a three-year-old girl ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 11, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):University of Lyon-1

On May 11, 2019, Turkish authorities arrested University of Lyon-1 mathematics professor Ahmet Tuna Altınel for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is apparently based on Altınel’s alleged participation at a documentary screening in France. Altınel, a professor at the ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: May 07, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Algeria

Institution(s):University of Tizi Ouzou

On May 7, 2019, a group of students at the University of Tizi Ouzou used violent force to obstruct an on-campus event commemorating the 39th anniversary of the Berber Spring.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 07, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On May 7, 2019, the İstanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Boğaziçi University professor Nüket Esen to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: April 30, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University | Yıldız Technical University

On April 30, 2019, Turkish courts convicted and issued prison sentences to research assistants Ömer Çelebi and Süreyya Topaloğlu on terrorism-related charges. The charges are in apparent retaliation for their endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: April 30, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Peking University

On April 30, 2019, it was reported that five Peking University (PKU) students went missing in advance of International Labor Day activities. As of this report, they are suspected of being held by authorities. The students are reportedly Maoist activists and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: April 29, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Peking University

On April 29, 2019, police and security guards reportedly attacked Shen Yuxuan, a Peking University (PKU) student, in apparent retaliation for her association with an initiative supporting factory workers. Shen, a student activist reportedly associated with PKU’s Marxist Society, has been ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: April 25, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Adekunle Ajasin University

On April 25, 2019, police reportedly arrested and used violence against students at the Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) and nearby university hostels in response to a student protest.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: April 24, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Morocco

Institution(s):Abdelmalek Essaadi University

On April 24, 2019, a group of students reportedly attacked the president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ahmed Raissouni, while he was giving a lecture at Abdelmalek Essaadi University (UAE). Raissouni, a renowned scholar in Morocco, was invited to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances