In March 2018, Omriuzak Omarkulyev, a Turkmen student who had been studying abroad in Turkey, reportedly has been detained after being prevented from leaving Turkmenistan to return to Turkey to continue his studies.
On June 19, 2018, Houthi militia members reportedly detained at least five Sana’a University professors who were en route to Aden to collect their salaries.
In May 2018, it was reported that Guligeina Tashimaimaiti, a Chinese-Uyghur PhD student at the University of Technology in Malaysia, had gone missing in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region several months earlier.
On June 9, 2018, an unidentified individual carried out a grenade attack against students studying in the Dilla University library, injuring at least nine.
On May 24, 2018, Egyptian authorities reportedly detained Walid Salem, a PhD student at the University of Washington, in apparent connection with his academic research.
On May 22, 2018, it was reported that Turkish public prosecutors opened an investigation against Bülent Şık, a former scholar at Akdeniz University, in response to a series of articles he produced about government research findings.
On June 11, 2018, Iran’s Revolutionary Court convicted and sentenced University of Tehran student activists Sina Darvish Omran and Ali Mozaffari to prison in connection with their participation in protest activities.
On June 4, 2018, a suicide attacker detonated a bomb at the Polytechnic University of Kabul, targeting a meeting of religious scholars, killing at least seven people, and injuring several more.
On April 29, 2018, Katherine Franke, a professor of law, gender and sexuality from Columbia University Law School, was detained, interrogated, and ultimately deported after arriving in Israel, as part of a 20-person delegation of civil rights leaders.
On February 19, 2018, India’s Ministry of External Affairs issued a letter ordering visa restrictions on scholars of Pakistani origin seeking to attend an Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference scheduled for July 5-8, 2018, to be hosted by Ashoka
On June 2, 2018, Turkish authorities reportedly detained 25 university students in Adana, apparently based on alleged connections to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, who authorities claim was responsible for a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
On June 5, 2018, a Turkish court convicted and sentenced Büşra Ersanlı, professor emeritus at Marmara University, to one year and three months’ imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization,” based on her endorsement of a petition
On May 16, 2018, unidentified gunmen reportedly assassinated Najat Ali Muqbil, dean of the Health Sciences College at the University of Aden.
On May 27, 2018, paramilitary forces reportedly attacked the Central American University of Nicaragua (UCN).
On May 26, 2018, a Turkish court reportedly convicted and sentenced 16 İstanbul Technical University (ITU) academic personnel to varying prison sentences on charges of “being a member of an armed terrorist organization,” based on alleged connections to Muslim cleric