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: January 24, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University

On January 24, 2019, Turkey’s 28th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Istanbul Bilgi University lecturer Yonca Demir to three years imprisonment on a charge “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in apparent retaliation for Dr. Demir’s endorsement of a ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 21, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Peking University | Renmin University

On January 21, 2019, Chinese authorities reportedly detained seven student activists from Peking University and Renmin University in apparent retaliation for nonviolent expressive activities. The students are reportedly Maoist activists who have been engaged in public advocacy efforts supporting Jasic Technology ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 17, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Technical University

On January 17, 2019, the 36th İstanbul Heavy Penal Court sentenced two academics to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in apparent retaliation for their endorsement of a ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 16, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Arel University | Istanbul University | Kadir Has University

On January 16, 2019, the İstanbul 36th Heavy Penal Court sentenced four academics to one year and three months imprisonment on a of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in apparent retaliation for the scholars’ endorsement of a ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 16, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On January 16, 2019, authorities reportedly detained hundreds of academic personnel during a peaceful protest. At 11:00 AM, roughly two thousand junior and senior research scholars and members of the All India Research Scholars Association from various institutions across India gathered ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 16, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul Bilgi University

On January 16, 2019, the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court sentenced İstanbul Bilgi University professor M.A. to two years and one month imprisonment on the charge of "knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization as a non-member." The charge is ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 10, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Gauhati University

On January 10, 2019, authorities in the northeastern Indian state of Assam charged retired literature professor and critic Hiren Gohain, along with an activist and a journalist, with sedition-related offenses in connection with their public statements concerning a citizenship bill ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 09, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul University | Kadir Has University | Marmara University | Yıldız Technical University

On January 9, 2019, Turkish courts convicted and sentenced ten academics to one year and three months imprisonment on the charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in apparent retaliation for the scholars’ endorsement of a petition ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 09, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Islamic Azad University

On January 9, 2019, Shirin Bani Nejad, a student at Islamic Azad University’s Sama Andisheh campus, learned that she had been expelled from the university, apparently on the basis of her religious beliefs. University officials reportedly called Ms. Bani Nejad, a ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: January 09, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Islamic Azad University

On January 9, 2019, authorities reportedly expelled Islamic Azad University (IAU) student Badi Safajou, apparently on the basis of his identity as a member of the Baha’i faith. Mr. Safajou was reportedly barred from studying at a state university in 2016, ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position