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 18, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Koç University

On July 18, 2022, soldiers reportedly detained 20 cleaning workers holding a press conference in front of Koç University. Staff of Eurest Service, a subcontractor company that does cleaning work at Koç University, held a press conference in front of the ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: July 18, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Boğaziçi University

On July 18, 2022, Bogazici University (BU) officials verbally informed members of the BU cinema club that they were not permitted to show three of the films in their film series, apparently because the films involved themes related to gender ...

Attack Types: Other

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 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

Date of Incident: June 11, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Various

On June 11, 2022, police reportedly assaulted and arrested students from various universities participating in a demonstration against concert bans. The demonstration, titled “Alternative University Festival,” took place at Bahariye Street in Kadıköy. According to Sözcü, police detained 25 students. Scholars at ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 11, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Anadolu University

On June 11, 2022, police assaulted and detained two students walking in a graduation procession at Anadolu University (AU) when they attempted to unfurl a banner that said “we haven’t forgotten Ali İsmail.” İsmail was an AU student who was ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 10, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On June 10, 2022, police used force against and arrested students participating in a LGBTQ+ Pride parade at the Middle East Technical University (METU). On June 7, the METU rector had banned the 10the METU Pride Parade, which had been planned ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 07, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On June 7, 2022, the Middle East Technical University (METU) rector banned the 10the METU LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, which had been planned for June 10th. In an email to the student body, the rector’s office said that there would be security ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: May 27, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Munzur University

On May 27, 2022, police detained five students during a demonstration at Munzur University. On May 26, students staged a protest against the establishment of a so-called “Youth Center,” which is affiliated with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: May 26, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Munzur University

On May 26, 2022, Turkish police detained 11 Munzer University students peacefully protesting the establishment of a so-called “Youth Center,” which is affiliated with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on campus. Sources indicate that students chanted slogans and performed ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment