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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

Date of Incident: October 30, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Uganda

Institution(s):Makerere University

On October 30, 2019, police reportedly fired tear gas to disperse students during a general assembly at Makerere University. The general assembly was due to discuss a June 2018 decision by Makerere’s university council to approve a plan to increase tuition ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: October 24, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Uganda

Institution(s):Makerere University

On October 24, 2019, Ugandan military personnel reportedly raided a residence hall at Makerere University, and beat and detained an unknown number of students in apparent retaliation for a series of protests over tuition fee increases.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: October 23, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Uganda

Institution(s):Makerere University

On October 23, 2019, state security forces reportedly carried out a violent crackdown on students protesting a tuition hike at Makerere University. In June 2018, Makerere’s university council reportedly approved a plan to increase tuition by fifteen percent each year over ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 22, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Uganda

Institution(s):Makerere University

On October 22, 2019, Ugandan authorities reportedly arrested at least twenty students peacefully protesting a tuition hike at Makerere University. The students were released on bail later that day. In 2018, the university council reportedly approved a plan to increase tuition ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution | Loss of Position

Date of Incident: October 21, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Hokkaido University

On October 21, 2019, it was reported that Chinese authorities detained a professor of Chinese history from Japan’s Hokkaido University on suspicion of spying. Reports indicate that the professor traveled to China in early September 2019 to participate in two weeks ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: October 20, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

Institution(s):Alzaiem Alazhari University

On October 20, 2019, pro National Congress Party (NCP) students reportedly attacked students of an opposing political group at Alzaiem Alazhari University. Twenty-seven students were reportedly injured. On October 20, classes resumed at Alzaiem Alazhari University for the first time in ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: October 15, 2019

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Malaysia

Institution(s):University of Malaya

On October 15, 2019, University of Malaya (UM) administrators filed a complaint with local police against a student in apparent retaliation for his protest against the university’s vice chancellor during its convocation ceremony. Wong Yan Ke is a civil engineering student ...

Attack Types: Prosecution