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 07, 2019

Region & Country:Europe | Serbia

Institution(s):University of Novi Sad

On June 7, 2019, a group of unidentified men attacked students Marko Đelević and Mihajlo Nikolić on the campus of the University of Novi Sad in apparent retaliation for their activism.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 05, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Chile

Institution(s):Metropolitan University of Education Sciences

On June 5, 2019, state security forces and students violently clashed during a protest at the Metropolitan University of Education Sciences (UMCE). Students in Chile have been protesting a number of education reforms by the government and have called for a ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 02, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Algeria

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On June 2, 2019, police in Algiers used violent force against students holding peaceful demonstrations calling for democratic reform in Algeria.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 30, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Marmara University

On May 30, 2019, the Istanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Filiz Arıöz, a lecturer at Marmara University, to one year and three months imprisonment for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” This charge is in apparent retaliation for the scholar’s endorsement of petition criticizing state and military actions in predominantly Kurdish areas of southeast Turkey.

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 30, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Ankara University

On May 30, 2019, the Istanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Tezcan Durna, an associate professor at Ankara University, to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 30, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Guinea

Institution(s):University of Labé

On May 30, 2019, police reportedly engaged in violence against students participating in a peaceful protest at the University of Labé. One student was reportedly killed and several others were injured. The students were protesting a university official’s decision to require ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 26, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

Institution(s):University of Baghdad

On May 26, 2019, Nabil Jassim, a professor at the College of Media at the University of Baghdad and the editor of the Baghdad Today Agency, reported that he received threats against himself and his family after reporting on alleged ...

Attack Types: Other

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 13, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):University of Tehran

On May 13, 2019, pro-government activists reportedly clashed with students peacefully protesting the requirement that women wear a hijab on the campus of the University of Tehran. Students reportedly gathered on campus in front of the Faculty of Fine Arts, where ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances