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: May 26, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

Institution(s):University of Baghdad

On May 26, 2019, Nabil Jassim, a professor at the College of Media at the University of Baghdad and the editor of the Baghdad Today Agency, reported that he received threats against himself and his family after reporting on alleged ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: May 24, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Caleb University

On May 24, 2019, authorities reportedly fired teargas and shots into the air during a student protest at Caleb University following the alleged suspension of students for violating a new university policy. In early May, university authorities released a policy ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 21, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Sabanci University

On May 21, 2019, the İstanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Sabancı University professor Ayşe Gül Altınay to two years and one month imprisonment on a charge of “knowingly and willingly aiding a terrorist organization as a non-member.” The charge ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: May 14, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Amar Singh College

On May 14, 2019, violent clashes reportedly broke out between authorities and students at Amar Singh College during a protest just outside the campus gates. The students were protesting in response to news of the rape of a three-year-old girl ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 13, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):University of Tehran

On May 13, 2019, pro-government activists reportedly clashed with students peacefully protesting the requirement that women wear a hijab on the campus of the University of Tehran. Students reportedly gathered on campus in front of the Faculty of Fine Arts, where ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 11, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):University of Lyon-1

On May 11, 2019, Turkish authorities arrested University of Lyon-1 mathematics professor Ahmet Tuna Altınel for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is apparently based on Altınel’s alleged participation at a documentary screening in France. Altınel, a professor at the ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: May 10, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On May 10, 2019, police fired tear gas on demonstrators on the campus of Middle East Technical University (METU) and detained 25 people, in apparent retaliation for participating in a peaceful campus Pride parade. On May 6, the METU rector reportedly ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: May 09, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Akwa Ibom State University

On May 6, 2019, Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) suspended Nkanang Joy Ufot, a second year performing arts student, in apparent retaliation for expression on social media criticizing the university administration on social media. On May 4, Ufot reportedly posted the ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: May 07, 2019

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Algeria

Institution(s):University of Tizi Ouzou

On May 7, 2019, a group of students at the University of Tizi Ouzou used violent force to obstruct an on-campus event commemorating the 39th anniversary of the Berber Spring.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 07, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On May 7, 2019, the İstanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Boğaziçi University professor Nüket Esen to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the ...

Attack Types: Prosecution