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 14, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Kenya

Institution(s):University of Nairobi

On July 14, 2021, police clashed with medical students at the University of Nairobi (UON) during a protest. UON medical students had gathered on campus to protest a 70% increase in tuition fees. They reportedly blocked the road and threw stones ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 11, 2021

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

Institution(s):College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences

On July 11, 2021, armed militia members kidnapped College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences Provost Habibu Bukullu. According to a family member of Bukullu, several persons entered the college’s premises around 2 AM local time. Bukullu was kidnapped from his on-campus ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: July 06, 2021

Region & Country:Eastern Asia | China

Institution(s):Various

On July 6, 2021, WeChat, a widely-used Chinese social media app, deleted accounts owned by LGBT+ student groups from at least 11 universities. At around 10 PM local time on July 6, WeChat accounts owned and operated by registered LGBT+ student ...

Attack Types: Other

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