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Date of Incident: December 16, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad

On December 16, Indian authorities reportedly arrested at least fifty students, professors, and activists outside the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM-A) during a demonstration against recent police crackdowns on Indian university campuses. University students protesting a controversial citizenship bill ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: December 15, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Aligarh Muslim University

On December 15, 2019, police reportedly entered Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and beat and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at students protesting a citizenship bill that was recently signed into law as well as a violent crackdowns on student protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) that same day.

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Other | Violence

Date of Incident: December 15, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On December 15, 2019, police reportedly used violent force against Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students demonstrating against a citizenship bill that was recently signed into law.

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Other | Violence

Date of Incident: December 13, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On December 13, 2019, Indian authorities reportedly beat and fired tear gas at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students protesting a controversial citizenship bill that was recently signed into law. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, ratified on December 12, amends a 1995 citizenship ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: December 12, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):International Islamic University Islamabad

On December 12, 2019, violent clashes between students erupted during an event at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), leaving one student dead and at least sixteen injured. The clashes appeared to be connected with a dispute between two student ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: December 12, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Birzeit University

On December 12, 2019, Israeli military authorities arrested Shatha Hasan, the president of Birzeit University's student council. A military court later sentenced Hasan to three months imprisonment without charge.

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: December 09, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On December 9, 2019, police reportedly used violent force against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students peacefully marching over a recent hostel fee hike. Since November, students at JNU had been holding protests and marches over a residence hall fee hike, a ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: December 09, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Dhanamanjuri University

From December 9 to 10, 2019, police reportedly detained eleven members of the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), apparently to disrupt the students’ efforts to protest a controversial piece of immigration legislation. At the time of the detentions, university students across ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: December 05, 2019

Region & Country:Europe | France

Institution(s):University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III

On December 5, 2019, a group of unidentified individuals reportedly attacked students preparing to protest on the University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier III (UPVM-3) campus, injuring two of them. Students at universities across France were joining civil servants and others in a national ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: December 02, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):Abdul Wali Khan University

On December 2, 2019, Pakistani authorities arrested Akhtar Khan, a political science lecturer at Abdul Wali Khan University, for alleged social media activity. While sources do not cite the specific, alleged content, Khan recently expressed over social media his support for ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution