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: June 02, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Greece

Institution(s):Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

On June 2, 2022, riot police clashed with students during a protest at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). In December 2021, police vacated an anarchist group that had occupied the Department of Biology building on the AUTH campus for years. In ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 31, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Chittagong

On May 31, 2022, alleged members of the Jubo League, a youth wing of Bangladesh’s Awami League (the ruling party), reportedly attacked two members of faction of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), also affiliated with the Awami League, at the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 26, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Munzur University

On May 26, 2022, Turkish police detained 11 Munzer University students peacefully protesting the establishment of a so-called “Youth Center,” which is affiliated with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on campus. Sources indicate that students chanted slogans and performed ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: May 26, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Greece

Institution(s):Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

On May 26, 2022, clashes broke out between riot police and a group of students protesting at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). In December 2021, police removed an anarchist group that had occupied the Department of Biology building on the AUTH ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 24, 2022

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Morocco

Institution(s):Mohamed I University

On May 24, 2022, Issam Al-Husseini, a student from Mohamed 1 University’s Multidisciplinary Faculty campus, in Nador, was kidnapped and tortured, allegedly by members of another student organization. The victim, a member of a student group known as “Justice and Charity,” ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 24, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Dhaka

On May 24, 2022, members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) reportedly used sticks and other makeshift weapons to attack a peaceful procession of University of Dhaka students affiliated with Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on their way to a press ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 23, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):Rajshahi University

On May 23, 2022, members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) — the youth wing of the country’s ruling party, the Awami League — reportedly assaulted members of a rival student group, the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), on the Rajshahi ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 20, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):University of Delhi

On May 20, 2022, Indian police arrested Ratan Lal, a University of Delhi professor of history and an outspoken critic of the Indian government, for a social media post about the discovery of a structure that some described as a ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 20, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On May 20, 2022, police arrested a group of students peacefully demonstrating on the Boğaziçi University campus. The students assembled on campus for an annual LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, the same day as a music festival was to take place. The university ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: May 18, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie

On May 18, 2022, Israeli forces raided Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie and fired tear gas at students, causing dozens to suffer from respiratory issues. The soldiers reportedly entered the campus near the library and immediately began chasing students there while ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other