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: November 18, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):University of Tehran

 On November 18, 2019, paramilitary forces reportedly clashed with students from the University of Tehran (UT) and arrested dozens in an apparent attempt to restrict their participation in nationwide protests. Beginning on November 15, students, activists, and citizens have held nationwide ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: November 18, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On November 18, 2019, police reportedly used violent force against students demonstrating against a fee hike at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). For over two weeks, JNU students had reportedly been protesting a residence hall fee hike, dress code, and curfew, among ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 17, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Hong Kong Polytechnic University

On November 17, 2019, police clashed violently with protesters on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for more than twenty-four hours. Hundreds were reportedly injured, including students, non-student protesters, journalists, and medical volunteers, and many more arrested. Since April ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: November 11, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Chinese University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong Polytechnic University | University of Hong Kong

On November 11, 2019, several days of intense, violent clashes between police and protesters began as police carried out raids on the campuses of several of Hong Kong’s major universities. Since April 2019, Hong Kong has been engulfed in protests, first ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: November 11, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On November 11, 2019, police and students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) reportedly clashed during a protest over a residence hall fee hike and other proposed policy reforms. For two weeks, JNU students had reportedly been protesting a residence hall fee ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 11, 2019

Region & Country:Europe | Greece

Institution(s):Athens University of Economics and Business

On November 11, 2019, police reportedly clashed violently with Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) students and others protesting the closing of campus following a police investigation. Several injuries resulted from the clashes. On November 10, police reportedly carried out ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 10, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Bolivia

Institution(s):Higher University of San Andrés

On November 10, 2019, individuals allegedly linked to Bolivia’s former ruling party set fire to the home of Waldo Albarracín, the rector of the Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA) in La Paz.

Attack Types: Violence

Date of Incident: November 08, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Chile

Institution(s):Pedro de Valdivia University

On November 8, 2019, unidentified individuals set fire to the headquarters of Pedro de Valdivia University in Santiago, Chile. The incident occurred in the context of nationwide protests that began on October 18, 2019, when students and activists protested a rise ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: November 05, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):Jahangirnagar University

On November 5, 2019, individuals believed to be members of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of the ruling political party, attacked student and faculty demonstrators, injuring at least twenty. Since August 23, 2019, Jahangirnagar University students have demanded ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 04, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | Swaziland

Institution(s):Southern Africa Nazarene University

On November 4, 2019, police fired live ammunition at students protesting unpaid student allowances at Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU), injuring a student. Beginning in August 2019, students have held protests, seeking payment of allowances for student accommodations and books. In ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances