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Date of Incident: August 23, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On August 23, 2021, Turkish police briefly detained eight Boğaziçi University (BU) students peacefully protesting against the appointment of a new rector to the university. Beginning in January 2021, students and faculty across Turkey held protests in response to a controversial ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: July 03, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On July 3, 2021, the administration of Boğaziçi University sealed off access to its campus in an apparent effort to restrict protest activities marking the six-month anniversary of a controversial rector appointment. Since January 2021, students and faculty across Turkey have ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: April 19, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On April 19, 2021, Turkish prosecutors indicted 97 people who joined student protests at Boğaziçi University on February 1, 2021, seeking jail terms of six months to three years. Since early January, students and faculty have held frequent protests in response ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: April 01, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On April 1, 2021, Turkish police detained at least 35 protesters, mostly students, who gathered in Istanbul's Kadıköy district demanding the release of Boğaziçi University students under house arrest. Since early January, students and faculty have held frequent protests in response ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 26, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On March 26, 2021, Turkish police detained over 50 protesters, mostly students, who had gathered at an Istanbul courthouse in support of students who were detained on Bogaziči University's campus the previous day. The protesters called for the release of at ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: March 25, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On March 25, 2021, police detained 24 students who were gathered at Boğaziçi University to support a student facing disciplinary action there. The incident occurred against the backdrop of frequent student/faculty protests at Boğaziçi -- many involving the use of force ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 07, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

On February 7, 2021, police arrested Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University student Beyza Buldağ,  in connection with a Twitter account that was critical of the government’s actions targeting Boğaziçi University. The Twitter account @boundayanisma was set up in response to mounting ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: February 05, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Various

On February 5, 2021, police detained 26 university students protesting in Konak, Izmir in solidarity with Boğaziçi University students. Since January 2021, students and faculty across Turkey have held frequent protests in response to the controversial appointment of Rector Melih Bulu ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 04, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

On February 4, 2021, police detained nine students as they were en route to the campus of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (ÇOMÜ), where they planned to attend a political event. Since January 2021, students and faculty across Turkey have held frequent ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 04, 2021

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Various

On February 4, 2021, police detained 19 university students in the city of Samsun, as they protested in solidarity with Boğaziçi University students and to condemn the forceful arrest of protesters.  Since January 2021, students and faculty across Turkey have held ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution