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Date of Incident: October 05, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Dokuz Eylül University

On October 5, 2023, police detained eight Dokuz Eylül University students during a peaceful on-campus protest against increased food prices. The students gathered in the university cafeteria and banged cutlery on trays in protest of the price increase. Security guards confronted ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 16, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

On June 16, 2023, private security guards chased and confiscated materials from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSGSU) students who had organized a parade in celebration of pride month. The students are members of Kuir Baykuş (Queer Owl), a pro-LGBTQ+ ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: June 14, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Dokuz Eylül University

On June 14, 2023, police forcibly detained five Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) students for organizing an on-campus picnic celebrating pride month. The students are members of Colors of Resistance, a pro-LGBTQ+ student initiative. Police reportedly followed a public bus that students ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 13, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Izmir Democracy University

On June 13, 2023, police forcefully detained two Izmir Democracy University students for holding a picnic to celebrate pride month. The students are members of Colors of Resistance, a pro-LGBTQ+ student initiative. Colors of Resistance was setting up their picnic in ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 09, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On June 9, 2023, police detained around 15 Middle East Technical University (METU) students for holding a pride march on campus. The march was intended to be the culmination of Pride Week at METU. The day before the march, on June ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 02, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Ege University

On June 2, 2023, police forcibly dispersed a group of Ege University students and others during a press conference at the Izmir Bar Association. The students were releasing a statement addressing the cancellation of a picnic celebrating pride month due ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: February 20, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Unknown

On February 20, 2023, police detained and assaulted 23 peaceful student protesters during a demonstration against a government decision to shift universities to online learning following major earthquakes on February 6. The District Governor had banned the demonstration in advance, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: February 17, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Dokuz Eylül University

On February 17, 2023, police detained 22 students participating in a demonstration at Dokuz Eylul University over the government’s decision to make university education remote and vacate all state-run university dormitories to accommodate earthquake victims. On February 6, 2023, an earthquake ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 09, 2023

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Andalou University

On or around January 9, 2023, Andalou University summarily suspended professor Bülent Yücel for three months for a question he included on a January 9 constitutional law exam. The question asked students to analyze the Turkish President’s power over state institutions, ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: November 08, 2022

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Middle East Technical University

On November 8, 2022, police clashed with students, faculty, and other members of the Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) who sought to participate in a city council hearing about the construction of a road on their university campus. The group of ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances