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, 2024

Region & Country:Western Africa | Mali

Institution(s):University of Bamako

On May 21, 2024, Étienne Fakaba Sissoko, an economist and professor at the University of Bamako, was sentenced to two years in prison for criticizing Mali’s military junta in his new book. In 2023, Sissoko published a book, Propaganda, Agitation and ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 14, 2024

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Morocco

Institution(s):Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rabat

On May 14, 2024, it was reported that the dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rabat (FMP-Rabat) had announced the suspension of three students for two academic years for engaging in a peaceful boycott of classes. Medical students ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: May 14, 2024

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Morocco

Institution(s):Abdelmalek Saadi University

On May 14, 2024, it was reported that the president of Abdelmalek Saadi University had announced the suspension of two students from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy for two academic years for engaging in a peaceful boycott of classes. Medical ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: May 14, 2024

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Morocco

Institution(s):Mohammed I University

On May 14, 2024, Mohammed I University in Oujda, Morocco announced that it would suspend 10 students from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy for two academic years for engaging in a peaceful boycott of classes. Medical students studying at the ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: May 09, 2024

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Confluence University of Science and Technology

On May 9, 2024, unknown gunmen abducted more than 20 students from their classrooms at the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH). The Kogi Police Public Relations Office stated that 14 of the kidnapped students were rescued four days later, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 04, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of Virginia

On May 4, 2024, Virginia state police forcibly arrested 25 protesters, including 12 students and four employees, who were participating in a peaceful pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Virginia (UVA). The arrests took place six months after a Hamas attack ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 02, 2024

Region & Country:Europe | Ireland

Institution(s):Trinity College Dublin

On May 2, 2024, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) fined the Trinity College Dublin Student Union (TCDSU) €214,285 ($230,596) for financial losses due to peaceful student protests. The fine was later dropped. In issuing the fine, TCD cited student protests organized by ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: May 02, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of California, Los Angeles

On May 2, 2024, police officers, primarily from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), forcibly dispersed a pro-Palestinian student encampment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), using flashbang grenades and rubber bullets. Over 200 protesters were arrested. Students affiliated ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution | Violence

Date of Incident: April 30, 2024

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):University of California, Los Angeles

On the night of April 30, 2024, a group of pro-Israel counterprotesters attacked a pro-Palestinian encampment that had been established on the campus at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The violence continued for around three hours before police ...

Attack Types: Violence

Date of Incident: April 29, 2024

Region & Country:Europe | France

Institution(s):Sorbonne University

On April 29, 2024, police forcibly removed pro-Palestinian student protesters who had established a tent encampment and were peacefully protesting at Sorbonne University. Approximately 50 students set up tents in a courtyard on campus around noon, and began to chant and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances