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: February 10, 2020

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

Institution(s):Al Ain University

On February 10, 20120, Iraqi security forces opened fire on students and other protesters in front of Al Ain University in Dhi Qar Governorate, leaving one protester dead and several others injured.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: February 10, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On February 10, 2020, police used violent force against Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students taking part in a protest march against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act. Dozens of protesters were reportedly injured as a result. Since December 2019, students at universities across ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: February 07, 2020

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

On February 7, 2020, the School of Humanities and Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) announced that they have dismissed Chau Pui-yi, a lecturer in the department of social work, for a social media post criticizing China’s political system ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: February 07, 2020

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Egypt

Institution(s):University of Bologna

On February 7, 2020, Egyptian authorities arrested Patrick George Zaki, a postgraduate student in gender studies at the University of Bologna, apparently in connection with his human rights activism and research. In addition to his university studies, Zaki conducts research and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 31, 2020

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On January 31, 2020, the İstanbul 32nd Heavy Penal Court sentenced twenty students from Boğaziçi University to ten months imprisonment and fined seven more students, on charges of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization,” in retaliation for their protest against Turkish ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 30, 2020

Region & Country:Western Asia | Bahrain

Institution(s):Unaffiliated

On January 30, 2020, Bahraini authorities arrested historian Jassim Hussein Al-Abbas in connection with a blog that he maintains.

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 30, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jamia Millia Islamia

On January 30, 2020, a civilian open fired on a group of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students protesting a recently enacted citizenship bill, injuring one student. Since December 2019, students at universities across the country have held protests over what is ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 29, 2020

Region & Country:Western Asia | Yemen

Institution(s):University of Science and Technology

On January 29, 2020, it was reported that Houthi militants kidnapped Dr. Hamid Aqlan, President of the Sana’a-based University of Science and Technology (USTY), along with one of his administrative colleagues. Rebels have reportedly took Aqlan from his home and brought ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 29, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of KwaZulu-Natal

On January 29, students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Howard campus violently disrupted campus activities and damaged campus and student property.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 29, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):University of KwaZulu-Natal

On January 29, 2019, students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Westville campus reportedly burned a campus security office amid nationwide protests against student debt.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances