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Date of Incident: March 22, 2019

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Malaysia

Institution(s):University of Malaya

On March 20, 2019, supporters of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reportedly attacked students peacefully protesting Razak’s appearance near campus.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 20, 2019

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University | Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts | Sabanci University

On March 20, 2019, the İstanbul 27th Heavy Penal Court convicted and sentenced four academics to prison on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charges are in connection to their endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: March 20, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Chongqing Normal University

On March 20, 2019, Chongqing Normal University (CNU) reportedly demoted associate professor Tang Yun and revoked his teaching credentials, apparently in retaliation for alleged comments he made during a lecture. Sources indicate that Tang’s alleged comments were made during a course ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: March 20, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):Sadiq Egerton College

On March 20, 2019 a student reportedly killed Khalid Hameed, a professor of English at the Government Sadiq Egerton College (GSEC), in apparent retaliation for the professor’s role in organizing a mixed-gender event on campus.

Attack Types: Killings

Date of Incident: March 19, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On March 19, 2019, police reportedly fired tear gas and water cannons at students during a peaceful protest in front of the University Grants Commission, in Colombo. The Inter-University Students Federation and the Sabaragamuwa University Student Union organized the protest over ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 19, 2019

Region & Country:Europe | United Kingdom

Institution(s):King's College London

On March 19, 2019, King’s College London (KCL) reportedly temporarily denied 10 students access to campus buildings during a campus visit by the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge, apparently in retaliation for non-violent activism. The Queen visited KCL to open a ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 15, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Venezuela

Institution(s):University of Carabobo

On March 15, 2019, Venezuelan authorities reportedly raided the home of Ronnie Villasmil, a professor of medicine at the University of Carabobo, in apparent retaliation for comments he made to United Nations officials about the state of hospitals in the country.

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: March 15, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Rajiv Ghandi National Law University

On Saturday, March 15, 2019, six students from the Rajiv Ghandi National Law University were reportedly suspended after publicly demanding improvements in the quality of their student hostel’s food services.   The students had staged the protest on Friday, March 14. ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: March 14, 2019

Region & Country:Western Africa | Ghana

Institution(s):University of Education Winneba

On March 14, 2019, police clashed violently with student protesters during demonstrations at the University of Education Winneba (UEW). Since March 12, students at UEW had been holding protests over the dismissal of three university lecturers. Supporters of the lecturers alleged ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: March 13, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On March 13, 2019, Sri Lankan authorities reportedly used violent force against a group of university students in an apparent attempt to prevent them from staging a protest against a proposed anti-terror law outside of parliament in Colombo. Police arrested the chief organizer of the protest, who was later released.

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Violence