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 13, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University | Istanbul Bilgi University

On June 13, 2019, the İstanbul 27th Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced a Boğaziçi University PhD candidate and an İstanbul Bilgi University research assistant to 15 months imprisonment and a Boğaziçi University scholar to two years and six months ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: June 12, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University

On June 12, 2019, the Istanbul 26th Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced Sezai Ozan Zeybek, a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University, to one year and three months imprisonment for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

Attack Types: Prosecution

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 04, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Unaffiliated

On June 4, 2019, police reportedly detained and interrogated Yang Shaozheng, a former Guizhou University professor of economics, in connection to social media posts regarding the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Guizhou University expelled Yang on August 15, 2018, in apparent retaliation ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

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: June 02, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Kabul Education University of Rabbani

On June 2, 2019, alleged members of the Islamic State carried out a targeted bombing of a bus transporting students to the Kabul Education University of Rabbani. The attack reportedly left two dead and twenty-four injured.

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