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: April 06, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):University of Isfahan

On April 6, 2024, Iranian police arrested Fahimeh Soltani–a University of Isfahan law student who has been a supporter of Iran's Women, Life, Freedom movement–from her home. This marks the second time since the “Woman, Life, Freedom” uprising began in September ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 16, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Unaffiliated

On March 16, 2024, Iranian police arrested Sedigheh Vasmaghi–a professor of Theology and Islamic Jurisprudence in Iran, author, and women’s rights advocate–on charges of "propaganda against the system in cyberspace" and "public appearances without [the] Shari'a-compliant hijab." Vasmaghi is a staunch ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 02, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Payam Noor University

On March 2, 2024, Khobat Veysi, a 26-year-old English Language student at Payam Noor University in Marivan, began serving a 15-month prison sentence for his participation in the “Woman, Life, Freedom” protests. Iranian forces originally detained Veysi on September 20, 2022, ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: February 09, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University

On February 9, 2024, the Azarshahr Revolutionary Court sentenced Armita Paveer, a student of molecular and cellular biology at Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, to twenty-two months and seventeen days in prison in relation to her participation in “Women, Life, Freedom” ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 31, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Unknown

On January 31, 2024, the family of Sepehr Shirani, an 18-year-old student of Baluch origin, received news that their son had died under suspicious circumstances while in custody of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). IRGC forces arrested Shirani in Zahedan ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 30, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Azad University

On January 30, 2024, Tina Deljoo, a prominent women's rights advocate, university lecturer, and Ph.D candidate in Political Sciences at Azad University, began serving a one-year sentence at Lakan Prison in Rasht. Deljoo was arrested shortly before receiving her sentence and ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: January 09, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Tehran University

On January 9, 2024, Iranian authorities arrested Mohammed Shebahati, an anthropology student at Tehran University, for comments that he made on social media criticizing the commemoration of the death of General Qassem Soleimani in early January 2024. Shebahati was also ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 09, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Azad University of Qorveh

Around January 9, 2024, Iranian authorities arrested Pr. Shahin Ghafouri, a professor at Azad University of Qorveh, for comments that he made on social media criticizing the commemoration of the death of General Qassem Soleimani, and deadly violence that occurred ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 09, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Isfahan University of Technology

Around January 9, 2024, Iranian authorities arrested Amir Rahpeykar, a student at Isfahan University of Technology, for comments that he made on social media criticizing the commemoration of the death of General Qassem Soleimani in early January 2024. Scholars at Risk ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 07, 2024

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences

On January 7, 2024, it was reported that Iranian authorities had arrested Sorena Alipour, a student at Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, for comments that she made on social media criticizing the commemoration of the death of General Qassem Soleimani ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment