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: December 06, 2018

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University

On December 6, 2018, the İstanbul 28th Heavy Penal Court sentenced İstanbul Bilgi University professor Gülhan Balsoy to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: December 04, 2018

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Inter University Students’ Federation

On December 4, 2018, police reportedly fired tear gas and used water cannons against students participating in a protest march in Colombo. The protest was organized by the Inter University Students’ Federation and began at the University of the Visual and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: December 04, 2018

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):İstanbul Bilim University | Mimar Sinan University

On December 4, 2018, the İstanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court sentenced İstanbul Bilim University (İBU) professor S.B. to one year, six months, and 22 days imprisonment and the İstanbul 28th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Mimar Sinan University research assistant Yonca ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: December 01, 2018

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):University of Melbourne | University of Tehran

On December 1, 2018, Iranian authorities reportedly arrested Dr. Meimanat Hosseini Chavoshi, a research fellow and demography expert from the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health, and Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, a professor of  demography at the University ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: November 30, 2018

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Academy of Social Sciences of Xinjiang

In late November 2018, authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) reportedly arrested Askar Yunus, a prominent historian, on undisclosed charges. Yunus, a member of the Kyrgyz ethnic community, is a historian at the Academy of Social Sciences of Xinjiang ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: November 30, 2018

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts

On November 30, 2018, the Istanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (MSGSÜ) research assistant Onur Baysal to one year and three months imprisonment on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: November 28, 2018

Region & Country:Americas | Chile

Institution(s):University of Valpraiso

On November 28, 2018 Chilean national police reportedly used force against a group of law students from the University of Valparaíso, as they engaged in a nonviolent protest outside the university's Faculty of Law building. One student was injured in ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: November 28, 2018

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul University

On November 28, 2018, the Istanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court sentenced former Istanbul University professor Sinan Yıldırmaz to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: November 28, 2018

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Columbia University

On November 28, 2018, Elizabeth Midlarsky, a professor of psychology and education and Holocaust scholar at Columbia University's Teacher's College, found her office vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. Midlarsky, who is Jewish, has done significant research on psychological aspects of the Holocaust, ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: November 22, 2018

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Ethiopia

Institution(s):Assosa University

On November 22, 2018, students violently clashed at Assosa University reportedly over ethnic tensions. As a result of the violence, three students were killed and 34 were injured. It is unclear what exactly sparked the clashes; however tensions between Ethiopia’s Oromo ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances