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: September 02, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Nelson Mandela University

On September 2, 2019, violence erupted between student demonstrators, campus security, and police during a protest against safety conditions at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). Students had been raising concerns about safety on campus in response to reports of robberies and violence. ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 28, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On August 28, 2019, police reportedly fired water cannons and launched tear gas canisters at student protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) organized a march protesting legislation being considered in Sri Lankan parliament that they claim ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 27, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Nangarhar University

On August 27, 2019, Nangarhar University professor Massoud Nekbakht was killed and three colleagues were injured in an apparently targeted attack on their vehicle. Reports indicate that their vehicle was rigged with a magnetically attached explosive device. At the time of ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 25, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Delhi University

On August 25, unidentified individuals beat several student activists in a neighborhood bordering Delhi University. Members of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), a student organization affiliated with the Communist Party of India, were reportedly putting up posters in the Vijay ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 20, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of Fort Hare

On August 20, 2019, students from the University of Fort Hare’s (UFH) Alice campus clashed violently with police during a protest over denied applications for financial aid. Five students were reportedly injured.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 15, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Education University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong Baptist University | University of Hong Kong

On August 15, three student leaders from Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Hong Kong, and the Education University of Hong Kong reported that they had been targeted with death threats and harassment in apparent retaliation for their participation ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: August 11, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Unaffiliated

On August 11, 2019, Iranian authorities detained anthropologist Kameel Ahmady on “national security” grounds.

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 04, 2019

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Fatoni University

On August 4, 2019, suspected militants detonated a bomb near the entrance of Fatoni University, a private Islamic university in Pattani province, causing damage to campus property. The attack was reportedly carried out at roughly 12:45 AM. According to alleged video ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 25, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Osun State University

On July 25, 2019, police fired tear gas on Osun State University (OSU) students protesting the arrest of at least fifteen students accused of internet fraud. On the morning of July 25, armed security operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 24, 2019

Region & Country:Oceania | Australia

Institution(s):University of Queensland

On July 24, 2019, violent clashes broke out between opposing groups of students during a protest held at the University of Queensland over democracy and human rights concerns in Hong Kong and mainland China. A group of students at UQ, which ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances