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Date of Incident: November 21, 2018

Region & Country:Americas | Venezuela

Institution(s):Central University of Venezuela

On November 21, 2018, police reportedly violently clashed with students protesting at Central University of Venezuela (UCV). On “University Student Day,” which marks the anniversary of a student-led rebellion against former military strongman Marcos Pérez Jiméneza, about four hundred students gathered ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 20, 2018

Region & Country:Oceania | New Zealand

Institution(s):University of Canterbury

On November 20, it was reported that University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, a vocal critic of China’s activities abroad, was again the victim of harassment in connection with her academic work. Dr. Brady, a professor of Chinese domestic and foreign ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: November 16, 2018

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University | Istanbul Bilgi University

On November 16, 2018, Turkish authorities reportedly detained Turgut Tarhanlı, dean of the faculty of law at İstanbul Bilgi University, and Betul Tanbay, professor of mathematics at Boğaziçi University, along with ten others, for alleged connections to human rights activist ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Travel Restrictions

Date of Incident: November 15, 2018

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

Institution(s):University of Kinshasa

On November 15, 2018, one student was killed and others injured when police reportedly opened fire on students protesting at the University of Kinshasa. The students’ protest was in response to news that a classmate, Hyacinthe Kimbafu, had died from a ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: November 12, 2018

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Mersin University

On November 12, 2018, the Mersin 2nd Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced former Mersin University professor Selim Çakmaklı to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: November 12, 2018

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

Institution(s):University of Kinshasa

On November 12, 2018, police reportedly opened fire on students peacefully protesting at the University of Kinshasa, killing one student. The students were holding a protest over a faculty strike at the University of Kinshasa that started on October 8. As ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: November 09, 2018

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Peking University | Renmin University

On November 8, 2018, Chinese police reportedly detained two students participating in a peaceful protest outside an Apple store in Beijing. The students were reportedly protesting Apple’s alleged use of student interns as workers in their suppliers’ factories. A group of ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: November 09, 2018

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Nanjing University | Peking University | Renmin University

Beginning on November 9, 2018, Chinese authorities reportedly detained at least 9 recent graduates of Chinese universities in apparent retaliation for their activism supporting factory workers. In August 2018, student activists launched Jasic Workers Support Group (JWSG), a solidarity initiative with ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: November 04, 2018

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Japan

Institution(s):Toyo University

On November 4, 2018, police officers reportedly arrested two activists from Zengakuren, a left-wing student group, for allegedly distributing political materials at Toyo University. The activists, Yohei Sakube and Yuichi Utsumi, were arrested as they were making their way to the ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: November 02, 2018

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Uganda

Institution(s):Makerere University

On November 2, 2018, authorities reportedly arrested Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University, on charges of “cyber harassment” and “offensive communication,” apparently in retaliation for her social media activity. If convicted, she could face up to one ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution