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: August 27, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Various

On August 27, 2022, police arrested at least one student participating in a protest against Iran’s compulsory military service. The Student Justice Movement organized the demonstration in front of Iran’s Public Conscription Organization office in Tehran. The demonstration was reportedly peaceful, ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 19, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Dhaka

On August 19, 2022, at least six members of a student group known as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) physically attacked three members from a students rights organization at the University of Dhaka. At a press conference, BCL members who had ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 19, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Rajshahi

On August 19, 2022, on the University Of Rajshahi campus, members of a student group known as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) assaulted Samsul Islam, a fourth-year student, reportedly beating him with a rod in a locked room over the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 15, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Burkina Faso

Institution(s):Ouahigouya University

On August 15, 2022, unknown individuals engaged in a series of violent and destructive acts on the campus of the University of Ouahigouya. On August 15, a campus building was set on fire; it took firefighters until the next day to ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 07, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Dhaka

On August 7, 2022, at least 15 student activists affiliated with progressive student organizations were injured in attacks by police during a demonstration near the University of Dhaka. The students were protesting against an increase in fuel prices recently announced ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 05, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Al Quds Open University

On August 5, 2022, Israel conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, damaging a branch of Al-Quds Open University in northern Gaza, injuring hundreds, and killing several students.  The attack reportedly took place amidst mounting tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian militant ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 02, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Gauhati University

On August 2, 2022, police assaulted and detained students participating in a peaceful protest at Gauhati University. At least 500 students from Gauhati University and affiliated colleges had gathered to demand a re-evaluation of their 5th semester exams, alleging irregularities. As ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: July 29, 2022

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | South Korea

Institution(s):Korea Institute for National Unification

On July 29, 2022, police raided the home of researcher Dae-il Jeong, who studies the North Korean Juche ideology at the Korea Institute for National Unification. The police conducted a search and seizure of property at Jeong’s residence on charges that ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: July 28, 2022

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

Institution(s):Elsheikh Abdallah Elbadri University

On July 28, 2022, security forces assaulted medical students as they tried to enter the Elsheikh Abdallah Elbadri University (EAEU) campus to participate in a sit-in demonstration. The medical students had staged the demonstration to ask EAEU to delay the graduation ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 26, 2022

Region & Country:Western Africa | Liberia

Institution(s):University of Liberia

On July 26, 2022, members of the Congress for Democratic Change Council of Patriots (CDC-COP), a pro government group, assaulted members of the Students Unification Party (SUP) from the University of Liberia during a nonviolent protest in front of the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances