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Date of Incident: July 07, 2019

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Myanmar (Burma)

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On July 7, 2019, authorities in Yangon, Myanmar, reportedly detained and prosecuted eight students for participating in a peaceful march commemorating the 1962 Yangon University protests.

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: July 01, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Işık University | İstanbul Kültür University | İstanbul Okan University

On July 1, 2019, the İstanbul 32nd Heavy Penal Court sentenced a research assistant from İstanbul Kültür University, and two lecturers from İstanbul Okan University and Işık University to fifteen months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.”

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: June 30, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On June 30, 2019, authorities arrested four students from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, apparently to prevent them from engaging in non-violent expressive activity at the university’s graduation ceremony. Authorities released the students later that night.

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 28, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Allahabad University

On June 28, 2019, police reportedly detained at least twenty students during a demonstration at Allahabad University (AU) protesting a decision by the university to reform student government on campus. On June 24, AU’s Academic Council voted to replace the student ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 27, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

Institution(s):East Nile University College

On June 27, 2019, paramilitary forces reportedly beat, fired tear gas at, and detained dozens of students from East Nile University College during a peaceful protest. Protests had been ongoing throughout Sudan since December 19, 2018, when demonstrators — frequently led ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 27, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

Institution(s):National University of Colombia at Medellin

On June 27, 2019, violence erupted at the National University of Colombia’s Medellin campus during a demonstration against recent assassinations of social activists in Colombia.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 24, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Honduras

Institution(s):National Autonomous University of Honduras

On June 24, 2019, authorities fired live ammunition at students at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) during a campus protest, injuring at least five. Hundreds of UNAH students had gathered on campus to demand the resignation of President Juan ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: June 18, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Ghana

Institution(s):University of Education Winneba

On June 18, 2019, the Ghana Police Service arrested Professor Augustine Uzoma Nwagbara, a Nigerian visiting lecturer at the University of Education Winneba (UEW), for comments he made at a meeting of Nigerians in Accra that were captured (allegedly without ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Loss of Position

Date of Incident: June 14, 2019

Region & Country:Europe | Russia

Institution(s):St. Petersburg State University

On June 14, 2019, St. Petersburg State University (SPBU) administrators expelled Lukas Latz, a visiting graduate student, in apparent retaliation for his academic activity and ordered him to leave the country.

Attack Types: Loss of Position | Travel Restrictions

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