Monitoring Incidents

Grad student arrested and suspended for distributing pamphlets
On July 12, 2017, authorities reportedly detained and later arrested Valarmathi, a graduate student at Periyar University, in Salem, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in apparent retaliation for distributing pamphlets encouraging students to oppose government energy projects. At

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330 Academics ordered for dismissal in Turkey
On February 7, 2017, state authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 330 academic personnel from 49 universities, based on allegations that they were suspected of being involved in a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Authorities allege

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On October 4, 2016, rebel troops in Syria reportedly launched rocket attacks targeting buildings on the campus of the University of Aleppo. The university is located in an area currently controlled by the Syrian regime.

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Student activists arrested over leaflet distribution
On August 6, 2016, a group of Thai police officers, soldiers and government officials reportedly arrested student activists "Pai" Chaturapat Boonyapatraksa and Wasin Prommanee for distributing leaflets critical of Thailand’s draft constitution.

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On June 20, 2016, authorities reportedly detained Şebnem Korur Fincancı, head of the department of forensic medicine at Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University, in response to her participation in a campaign to support press freedom in Turkey. On May 3, 2016, Dr.

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Canadian-Iranian professor arrested in Iran
On Monday, June 6, 2016, Dr. Homa Hoodfar, a professor of social anthropology and expert on sexuality and gender in Islam at Concordia University, was arrested by Iranian authorities, reportedly on grounds of "co-operating with a foreign state against the

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On April 23, 2016, two individuals were reportedly killed during a violent altercation between rival student groups at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). A university official reported that, for some time prior to the incident, tensions had been escalating between the

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On May 11, 2016, Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) officers reportedly detained Diego Hernandez, a law student at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, who was protesting outside Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE). A group of over 2,000 demonstrators reportedly marched to

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On May 5, 2016, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officers reportedly attacked and detained a group of student activists who were meeting with lawyers to appeal disciplinary proceedings launched by the University of Khartoum as a result of their

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On April 27, 2016, Sudanese security forces reportedly shot and killed Mohammed Al Sadiq, a 20-year old student at Ombdurman Ahlia University, just outside the campus gates. Al Sadiq was participating in an on-campus forum to discuss a violent attack against another student, Badawi Suleiman, allegedly

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