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: July 02, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On July 2, 2022, the Bogazici University (BU) administration threatened to withhold alumni cards and ban entry to campus for any students who participated in protests during the graduation ceremony taking place from July 4 to July 6. Starting on July ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: June 29, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Hebron University

On June 29, 2022, Palestinian Authority security forces detained Laith Halayka, a student leader at Hebron University, as he was leaving campus, reportedly due to his student union work. Reports indicate that, on June 29, Palestinian Authority security forces in civilian ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 27, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Yemen

Institution(s):Dhamar University

On June 27, 2022, Houthi gunmen forcibly entered Dhamar University’s Faculty of Arts, attacked several members of the university staff, and damaged university property. The gunmen reportedly assaulted the Dean’s secretary and one professor, Majali Al-Raa’ini. They also tore down signs ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: June 26, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Birzeit University

On June 26, 2022, members of the Palestinian Authority security forces arrested Qassam Hamayel, a Birzeit University student affiliated with the Hamas-affiliated Islamic bloc and active in student government, as he was leaving campus. Reports indicate that security forces in a ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 25, 2022

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Ethiopia

Institution(s):Addis Ababa University

On June 25, 2022, Ethiopian police attacked Addis Ababa University students as they protested against ongoing ethnic violence against Amhara communities in the Wollega region of the country. At least 150 students gathered on the campus of Addis Ababa University, where ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 25, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Palestine (OPT)

Institution(s):Palestine Polytechnic University

On June 25, 2022, Palestinian Authority security forces detained four Palestine Polytechnic University students affiliated with the Hamas-affiliated Islamic bloc. The four students, Ibrahim Al-Nawaja, Thaer Oweidat, Abdullah Halayqa, and Baha Al-Mahariq, are active in the university’s student government. Ibrahim Al-Nawaja ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 23, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Africa | South Africa

Institution(s):Mangosuthu University of Technology

On June 23, 2022, buildings and cars were set on fire at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), causing the indefinite suspension of academic activities. MUT representatives alleged that a group of 30 students started fires at various locations on campus, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 23, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

Institution(s):University of Rajshahi

On June 23, 2022, on the campus of the University of Rajshahi, members of a student group known as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) physically attacked Munna Islam, a second-year student, forcing him out of his dormitory with his bedding ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 20, 2022

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Various

On June 20, 2022, police arrested members of various student organizations and a member of parliament in apparent retaliation for their participation in a student-led protest against a recently released military recruitment plan. The Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: June 17, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul University

On June 17, 2022, nationalist and religious groups gathered in front of Istanbul University’s (IU) Beyazit Campus and shouted threats against members of the LGBTQ+ community, forcing the IU Equality Society to cancel a picnic that was scheduled to take ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment