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: August 19, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Rajshahi

On August 19, 2022, on the University Of Rajshahi campus, members of a student group known as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) assaulted Samsul Islam, a fourth-year student, reportedly beating him with a rod in a locked room over the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 18, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Various

On August 18, 2022, riot police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a nonviolent anti-government protest organized by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and detained 20 protesters. The IUSF held the demonstration in the streets of Colombo over ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 18, 2022

Region & Country:Central Africa | Congo (DRC-Kinshasa)

Institution(s):University of Kisangani

On August 18 and 19, 2022, Denis Mukwege—a gynecologist, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and a suspected candidate for the 2023 presidential election—was prohibited from giving two lectures at the University of Kisangani (later moved to the Alliance Française) apparently ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: August 17, 2022

Region & Country:Europe | Ukraine

Institution(s):Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University

On August 17, 2022, it was reported that Russian armed forces struck Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University (PMBSNU) with rockets during a night of shelling in Mykolaiv. Prior to the attack, Russian forces had reportedly alleged that Ukrainian territorial defense ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: August 15, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Burkina Faso

Institution(s):Ouahigouya University

On August 15, 2022, unknown individuals engaged in a series of violent and destructive acts on the campus of the University of Ouahigouya. On August 15, a campus building was set on fire; it took firefighters until the next day to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 13, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Yemen

Institution(s):Dhamar University

On August 13, 2022, Houthi forces stormed the Faculties of Arts and Education of Dhamar University (DU) (also romanized as Thamar University) and allegedly assaulted university staff in an effort to seize control of the campus. A Houthi-appointed official in the ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Other

Date of Incident: August 07, 2022

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Taiwan 

Institution(s):National Taiwan University

On August 7, 2022, an outside group hacked the computers of the National Taiwan University’s Offices of Academic Affairs and Research and Development, causing the home pages of the two offices to display the message “There is only one China ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: August 07, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Dhaka

On August 7, 2022, at least 15 student activists affiliated with progressive student organizations were injured in attacks by police during a demonstration near the University of Dhaka. The students were protesting against an increase in fuel prices recently announced ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 06, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On August 6, 2022, at least 30 students were injured when police forcibly dispersed a demonstration organized by the All College Tribal Students' Union. Over 100 members of the union were demonstrating to demand the release of colleagues who had been ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 05, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Al Quds Open University

On August 5, 2022, Israel conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, damaging a branch of Al-Quds Open University in northern Gaza, injuring hundreds, and killing several students.  The attack reportedly took place amidst mounting tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian militant ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances