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.

Regions/Countries

Attack Types

Institutions

Date Range

Results

Date of Incident: January 16, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):University of Tehran

On January 16, 2020, Iranian security forces reportedly detained at least eight University of Tehran students in apparent connection with their alleged plans to participate in a student protest over the Iranian government’s role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner ...

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 16, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Visva Bharati University

On January 16, 2020, two students from Visva Bharati University were reportedly assaulted for organizing campus protests against a citizenship bill that had recently been signed into law. The students, Phalguni Pan and Swapnaneel Mukhopadhyay, are members of the Students Federation ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 12, 2020

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

Institution(s):University of Wasit

On January 12, 2019, violent clashes broke out between protesters and Iraqi security services at the University of Wasit, resulting in injuries to fifty-nine people and damage to the university entrance.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 11, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

Institution(s):Amirkabir University of Technology

On January 11, 2020 police reportedly fired tear gas at student demonstrators from Amirkabir University of Technology protesting the role of the Iranian military in shooting downing an airliner on January 8. Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed shortly after takeoff ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 09, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On January 9, 2020, police beat and detained several Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting a recent violent attack that had occurred on campus. On January 5, a mob of roughly fifty masked men stormed JNU and violently attacked leftist students ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Date of Incident: January 06, 2020

Region & Country:Central Africa | Congo (DRC-Kinshasa)

Institution(s):University of Kinshasa

Beginning on January 6, 2020, a number of violent clashes between police and students broke out at the University of Kinshasa, leaving one police officer dead and several others injured.

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: January 05, 2020

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jawaharlal Nehru University

On January 5, 2020, a mob of masked individuals carried out a politically-motivated attack on students and professors at Jawaharlal Nehru University, leaving at least thirty-four injured. The attack began between 7 and 8 PM, when a group of roughly fifty ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Date of Incident: January 02, 2020

Region & Country:Western Asia | Turkey

Institution(s):Istanbul University

On January 2, 2020, Turkish police reportedly used force during a student protest at Istanbul University (IU) over a recently announced hike in meal costs. The protest was in response to a decision announced by the IU administration on December 31, ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: December 30, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Jadavpur University

On December 30, 2019, a group of individuals alleged to be members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling Hindu nationalist political party, reportedly attacked a Jadavpur University (JU) professor in retaliation for protesting a speaker’s remarks at a ...

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Date of Incident: December 22, 2019

Region & Country:Southern Asia | India

Institution(s):Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu Arabi-Farsi University

On December 22, 2019, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Urdu Arabi-Farsi University expelled undergraduate student Ahmed Raza Khan for calling on students to protest a citizenship bill that had recently been signed into law.

Attack Types: Loss of Position