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
On August 8, 2016, Iranian authorities detained Xiyue Wang, a graduate student of history at Princeton University, in connection with research he was conducting in Iran for his doctoral dissertation.
On July 14, 2017, Turkish authorities issued an emergency decree which ordered the dismissal of 302 academic personnel and 54 administrative staff, and the expulsion of 9 students, based on allegations that they were involved in a violent coup attempt
On July 6, 2017, two unidentified individuals attempted to bomb a dormitory at the University of Maiduguri, in Nigeria. This was the sixth reported attack on the university since January 2017. Sources indicate that the attackers arrived at the perimeter
On July 6, 2017, Turkish authorities reportedly issued detention warrants for 24 personnel from Konya Selçuk University and Necmettin Erbakan University personnel, as part of an investigation of individuals alleged to have connections to a movement led by Fethullah Gülen,
On March 22, 2017, Mogilev State A. Kuleshov University’s faculty council voted to expel Alena Kisel, a student of pedagogy and child psychology, apparently in retaliation for her participation in a peaceful protest.
On April 7, 2017, Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University in Uganda and prominent human rights activist, was arrested and charged with cyber harassment and offensive communications based on Facebook posts criticizing Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
On April 10, 2017, security forces clashed with students protesting outside the University of Niamey over financial assistance and university resource complaints. One student died during the protest, while, according to reports, at least 88 were injured and another 313
On April 13, 2017, Mashal Khan, a journalism student at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) in the northern city of Mardan, was attacked and killed by a mob after being accused of blasphemy. Two other students who were with
On February 21, 2017, authorities reportedly detained Professor Santiago Guevara of the University of Carabobo in apparent retaliation for opinion pieces he had recently written in a Spanish newspaper.
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
On the evening of January 20, 2017, violent confrontations occurred on the campus of the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle during a speaking event featuring Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Thai authorities arrested Khon Kaen University law student activist Jatupat "Pai" Boonpattararaksa, after he shared a BBC article about the new Thai king over Facebook.
On December 1, 2016, Ethiopian security forces reportedly arrested Merera Gudina, a former professor of political science at Addis Ababa University and the chair of the Oromo Federalist Congress, following his return from Belgium, where he had spoken to EU
On November 22, 2016, Turkish authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 242 academic personnel and 942 higher education administrative personnel, on suspicion of connection to a violent coup attempt on July 15.
On October 20, 2016, police officers reportedly shot rubber bullets at students engaged in a protest at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits University). At least four students were reportedly shot, one of them as many as ten times, at close
On October 29, 2016, Turkish authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 1,267 academic personnel, and the expulsion of 68 students studying abroad, on suspicion that they were connected to a violent coup attempt on July 15. Authorities have
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.
On October 24, 2016, a group of armed militants stormed and attacked Balochistan Police College (BPC), in Quetta, killing at least 61 people and injuring at least 120.
In late August 2016, the Germany University in Cairo (GUC) reportedly terminated its contract with Tarek Abol Naga, a professor of architecture, in apparent response to student projects he supervised.
On July 24 and 25, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly detained 31 scholars from Istanbul University on suspicion of membership to Turkey’s Gülenist movement.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University launched disciplinary proceedings against Dr. Lau Siu-lai in connection to a solidarity protest she led in support of street vendors seeking to avoid eviction.
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.
On July 23, 2016, a decree went into effect ordering the closure of 15 Turkish universities, in connection with a state of emergency declared by the government following the failed coup attempt on July 15.
On July 20, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly imposed a wide-ranging ban on all work-related, international travel by scholars, and demanding that all university personnel currently outside the country return to Turkey immediately.
On July 5, 2016, police and Bolivarian Intelligence Services (SEBIN) officers reportedly detained five student activists in apparent retaliation for nonviolent expressive activity.
On June 24, 2016, police officers reportedly arrested seven student activists for holding a demonstration and distributing a newspaper.
On June 23, 2016, uniformed and plainclothes soldiers reportedly arrested a group of 13 student and union activists from the New Democracy Movement who were distributing flyers critical of the Thai Junta's draft charter.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
On April 23, 2016, unidentified individuals reportedly killed Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, a professor of English at Rajshahi University, a writer and an organizer of cultural programming in Rajshahi. At approximately 7:40 AM, Professor Siddiquee was traveling from his home to
On April 14, 2016, Sheikha al-Jassem, a scholar of philosophy at Kuwait University and a human rights activist, was charged with blasphemy as a result of a complaint filed against her following an interview she gave on March 8, 2016. In the
Gunmen killed and injured dozens of students, faculty and others on the campus of Bacha Khan University in northwestern Pakistan, before being killed by security forces.
Turkish authorities are investigating over 1,100 scholars after they signed a petition calling on the government to end its crackdowns targeting Kurdish rebels in the southeastern part of the country.