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Date of Incident: August 24, 2021

Region & Country:Americas | Colombia

Institution(s):University of Cauca

On August 24 2021, Esteban Mosquera, a student-activist and a student-journalist from the University of Cauca, was shot and killed. Mosquera, a well-known activist, was previously the victim of violent clashes with police during a 2018 protest. As an activist and ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

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: August 21, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Various

On August 21, 2021, the Taliban issued an order banning the co-education of males and females in Herat province’s government and private universities. The Taliban took over as de facto state authorities in Afghanistan on August 15, as US and other ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: August 17, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Afghanistan

Institution(s):Herat University

On August 17, 2021, Taliban soldiers prevented female students and professors from entering Herat University’s campus. Following the United States government’s announcement that it would withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by August 31, 2021, the Taliban, an Islamist militant group ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: August 14, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):University of Hong Kong

On August 14, 2021, Hong Kong police arrested four University of Hong Kong (HKU) student union members (HKUSU) after they attended a union meeting on July 7. On July 13, HKU announced it would no longer recognize HKUSU as an independent ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 10, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Nepal

Institution(s):Tribhuvan University

On August 10, 2021, police detained at least six Tribhuvan University students in their effort to shut down a protest over the university’s decision to hold in-person exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of students were reportedly chanted slogans and demonstrated ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: August 04, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):University of Hong Kong

On August 4, 2021, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) governing council banned from campus leaders of the University of Hong Kong Student Union (HKUSU) who had attended a July 7 union meeting. On July 13, HKU announced it would no ...

Attack Types: Loss of Position

Date of Incident: August 02, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Liberia

Institution(s):University of Liberia

On August 2, 2021, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at students participating in a protest at University of Liberia (UL). UL students held the protest to call for the resumption of regular in-person classes and the cancellation of an ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 16, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | Hong Kong 

Institution(s):University of Hong Kong

On July 16, 2021, Hong Kong national security police commenced a criminal investigation of the University of Hong Kong Student Union (HKUSU) after it was punished by the university for public comments about recent political events. On July 13, Hong Kong ...

Attack Types: Prosecution

Date of Incident: July 14, 2021

Region & Country:Americas | Brazil

Institution(s):University of São Paulo

On July 14, 2021, Federal Supreme Court (STF) Justice Kássio Nunes Marques submitted a complaint to Brazil’s Attorney General, demanding a criminal investigation into University of São Paulo (USP) law professor Conrado Hübner Mendes, for an opinion article he wrote ...

Attack Types: Prosecution