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: September 04, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):Minsk Linguistic University

On September 4, 2020, police reportedly used violence against and detained students during a protest over the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko at Minsk Linguistic University (MLU). The official results of the August 9 election had President Lukashenko, who first took ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: September 01, 2020

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Thammasat University

On September 1, 2020, police arrested prominent Thammasat University student leader Jutatip Sirikhan in apparent retaliation for her participation in a nationwide student protest movement. Jutatip is the leader of the Free Youth Movement, an organization composed primarily of students and ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: September 01, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Hungary

Institution(s):University of Theatre and Film Arts

On September 1, 2020, a new law entered into force transferring control over the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest to a group of private individuals connected to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Prior to the legislation, the university had ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: September 01, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):Various

On September 1, 2020, police reportedly arrested several students during a protest over the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. The official results of the August 9 election had President Lukashenko, who first took office in 1994, winning reelection for a sixth ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 30, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Russia

Institution(s):Higher School of Economics

On August 30, 2020, unidentified individuals reportedly beat Igor Jukov, a prominent student activist and blogger, in apparent retaliation for his public criticism of President Vladimir Putin. On December 6, 2020, Jukov had been convicted of the crime of “inciting terrorism” ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Loss of Position

Date of Incident: August 28, 2020

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

Institution(s):University of Haiti

On August 28, 2020, Monferrier Dorval, a professor of law at the University of Haiti and head of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association, was murdered shortly after he made comments critical of the government. In the hours prior to his murder, Dorval ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 28, 2020

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):Belarusian State University

On August 28, 2020, police reportedly arrested Belarusian State University (BSU) professor Svetlana Volchek and her husband in apparent retaliation for their alleged participation in nationwide protests over the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. The official results of the August 9 ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: August 24, 2020

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Ramkhamhaeng University

On August 24, 2020, Thai authorities arrested Panupong Jadnok, a Ramkhamhaeng University student and pro-democracy activist, for the second time in three weeks, in connection with peaceful protest activities. Panupong had been arrested on August 7, 2020, in connection with ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: August 14, 2020

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Rwanda

Institution(s):University of Rwanda

On August 14, 2020, the University of Rwanda (UR) reportedly dismissed professor Aimable Karasira in apparent retaliation for public expression critical of the government. For fifteen years, Karasira taught Information and Communications Technology at the College of Science and Technology at ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: August 14, 2020

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Thailand

Institution(s):Thammasat University

On August 14, 2020, police arrested Thammasat University student activist Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak in apparent retaliation for his participation in and co-organization of nationwide youth-led protests. Most notable among these protests was a July 18 “Free Youth” Rally, which took place ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution