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 18, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Kabul Polytechnic University

On May 18, 2022, Taliban forces reportedly prevented a group of female students from entering the Kabul Polytechnic University’s campus for wearing colorful hijabs. Taliban forces reportedly told the students that they have to wear black hijabs. One student argued that ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: May 18, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | Venezuela

Institution(s):Central University of Venezuela

On May 18, 2022, the Bolivarian National Police entered the campus of Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in an apparent effort to disrupt a nonviolent protest. UCV employees had gathered on campus and begun marching to demonstrate concerning an ongoing labor ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: May 17, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On May 17, 2022, Nigerian soldiers reportedly fired live ammunition in an apparent attempt to disperse university students protesting an ongoing faculty strike. On February 14, the Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) started a strike over a number of issues, including ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 16, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Tehran Allameh Tabatabai University

On May 16, 2022, Iranian state media reported that prominent sociologist Saeed Madani had been arrested for security charges and “suspicious foreign links.” Mehr News Agency, which IranWire describes as “state-controlled,” released a brief report stating that Madani had been arrested ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: May 13, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Africa | Eswatini

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On May 13, 2022, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in an apparent attempt to disperse a peaceful protest march organized by the Swaziland National Union of Students commemorating the anniversary of the killing of a student. On May 13, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 12, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Shehu Shagari College Of Education Sokoto

On May 12, 2022, a group of Shehu Shagari College Of Education Sokoto (SSCOE) students killed Deborah Samuel (also known as Deborah Yakubu), a Christain student, based on blasphemy accusations. In a WhatsApp group chat, Samuel allegedly made a comment that ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 11, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):University of Karachi

On May 11, 2022, two Baloch students from the University of Karachi were reportedly forcibly disappeared by Pakistani security forces. In Karachi, Pakistani security forces reportedly arrested and disappeared two university students: Irfan Rasheed, a student in biochemistry, and Qambar Saleem, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 10, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Lucknow University

On May 10, 2022, students in the right wing group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and others reportedly surrounded Ravi Kant Chandan, a Dalit professor of Hindi at Lucknow University, and verbally harassed and threatened him while he was walking ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 09, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | Bolivia

Institution(s):Tomás Frías University

On May 9, 2022, 4 students died and over 80 were injured in a stampede after a tear gas grenade was thrown into the auditorium of Tomás Frías University in Potosí, where students had gathered to participate in student elections. That ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: May 09, 2022

Region & Country:Americas | United States of America

Institution(s):Everett Community College | Skagit Valley College

On May 9, 2022, Skagit Valley College and Everett Community College, both in Mount Vernon, Washington, were forced to lock down and close campus spaces after they received violent threats over email. According to school officials, violent messages were sent by ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances