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 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: June 30, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Ambedkar University Delhi

On June 30, 2021, the Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) proctor ordered a student to pay a fine for posting “distasteful” comments about Delhi government officials during an online graduation ceremony. On December 23, 2020, AUD held a virtual commencement ceremony on ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: June 29, 2021

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):Belarusian State University

On June 30, 2021, police arrested Belarusian State University (BSU) law student Ekaterina Vinnikova (Екатерины Винниковой), in apparent retaliation for a speech she gave at the law school’s graduation ceremony. On June 29, Vinnikova delivered a speech during the BSU law ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: June 28, 2021

Region & Country:Europe | Belarus

Institution(s):School of Young Managers in Public Administration

 On June 28, 2021, Belarusian researcher Tatiana Kouzina was detained by authorities in the Minsk airport while traveling to Georgia. Since nationwide, peaceful protests broke out following the reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020, Belarusian authorities have increasingly detained ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment | Prosecution

Date of Incident: June 28, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Kaduna State College of Education

On June 28, 2021, state security forces clashed with Kaduna State College of Education (CoE) students protesting against school tuition fee increases. Two students were reportedly struck by stray bullets from security forces and died from their injuries. On April 26, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 21, 2021

Region & Country:Europe | Russia

Institution(s):Bard College | St. Petersburg State University

On June 21, 2021, the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office announced the designation of Bard College, a liberal arts college in New York, as an “undesirable foreign organization.” Russia’s law on “undesirable” organizations, passed in May 2015, seeks to limit the influence of ...

Attack Types: Other

Date of Incident: June 21, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Sri Lanka

Institution(s):General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University

On June 21, 2021, police violently clashed with students during a protest over proposed legislation concerning the management of General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University (KNDU). The Kotelawala University Bill would transfer management of KNDU from the Ministry of Education ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 14, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Senegal

Institution(s):University of Sine-saloum El Hadj Ibrahima Niass

On June 14, 2021, police violently clashed with students from the University of Sine-saloum El Hadj Ibrahima Niass (USSEIN) during a protest over the university’s infrastructure. Students held a protest on the USSEIN Kaolack campus, calling for an improvement in campus ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 10, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic

On June 10, 2021, gunmen raided Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, kidnapping eight students and two university faculty, and killing one student. The raid reportedly took place after 9:30 PM. The gunmen, who yet to be identified, infiltrated the staff quarters at the ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: June 01, 2021

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Pakistan

Institution(s):University of Peshawar | Various

On June 1, 2021, police fired tear gas and used batons against faculty and staff during a demonstration at the University of Peshawar (UOP). Faculty and staff from multiple universities held a protest at UOP to demand the establishment of provincial ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances