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 24, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

Institution(s):Francisco José de Caldas District University | Javeriana University

On September 24, security forces reportedly used violent force against students from Francisco José de Caldas District University (FJCDU) during an anti-corruption protest. FJCDU students had gathered at Carrera 7, a busy street in front of the university, to protest allegations ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: September 16, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Ghazni University

On September 16, 2019, unidentified individuals carried out a violent attack on a bus carrying Ghazni University students, killing the driver and injuring five students. Sources indicate that a magnetic explosive device had been rigged to the bus, which is reportedly ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: September 15, 2019

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):Hong Kong Baptist University

On 15, September 2019, Boaz So King-wah, a journalism student at Baptist University of Hong Kong (HKBU), was arrested and detained for possessing offensive weapons after he was found carrying what a colleague described as a butter knife, while he ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: September 10, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Delhi University

On September 10, 2019, police reportedly searched the home of Delhi University professor Hany Babu and confiscated several computers used for his academic work, apparently based on alleged links to the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). Babu, a professor of ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: September 09, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):Cox’s Bazar International University

On September 9, 2019, it was reported that Cox’s Bazar International University (CBIU) had suspended student Rahima Akter on the basis of her ethnic identity. Akter is a first-year law student at CBIU and a member of the Rohingya ethnic group. ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: September 04, 2019

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

Institution(s):University of Cundinamarca

On September 4, 2019, riot police reportedly entered the University of Cundinamarca and violently clashed with and detained students protesting the university administration. Students reportedly gathered on campus to peacefully demonstrate against the re-election of the university rector, who they claim ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: September 02, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Nelson Mandela University

On September 2, 2019, violence erupted between student demonstrators, campus security, and police during a protest against safety conditions at Nelson Mandela University (NMU). Students had been raising concerns about safety on campus in response to reports of robberies and violence. ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 28, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Eastcape Midlands College

On August 28, 2019, violence erupted between student demonstrators, private security guards, and police during a protest on East Midlands College’s Uitenhage campus. A group of about two hundred students reportedly gathered on campus to protest a new university attendance policy ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 28, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):Various Institutions

On August 28, 2019, police reportedly fired water cannons and launched tear gas canisters at student protesters in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) organized a march protesting legislation being considered in Sri Lankan parliament that they claim ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: August 27, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Nangarhar University

On August 27, 2019, Nangarhar University professor Massoud Nekbakht was killed and three colleagues were injured in an apparently targeted attack on their vehicle. Reports indicate that their vehicle was rigged with a magnetically attached explosive device. At the time of ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances