Iran

On October 30, 2022, students reportedly clashed at Islamic Azad University during a ceremony to honor the victims of an attack on a shrine. On October 26, three armed men reportedly entered the Shah Cheragh Shrine, a holy site in

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On October 23, 2022, students from opposing groups clashed at Sharif University of Technology (SUT) during campus protests. On October 3, SUT had suspended in-person classes following a violent crackdown by state security forces on a peaceful protest on campus

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On October 9, 2022, Iranian authorities temporarily closed all higher education institutions and schools in the Kurdistan province in an apparent attempt to restrict protests. Starting on September 17, protests spread across Iran, including at various universities, following the death-in-custody

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On October 2, 2022, state security forces, including riot police and plainclothes members of the Basij paramilitary group, carried out a violent crackdown on a peaceful protest at Sharif University of Technology (SUT). Dozens of individuals were reported injured and

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On October 1, 2022, state security forces reportedly fired tear gas in an apparent attempt to disperse students participating in a protest at the University of Tehran (UT). Starting on September 17, protests spread across Iran, including at various universities,

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On October 1, 2022, state security forces fired tear gas in an apparent attempt to disperse students participating in a nonviolent protest at University of Isfahan (UI). Starting on September 17, protests spread across Iran, including at various universities, following

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On September 24, 2022, state security forces carried out a violent crackdown on a peaceful protest at the University of Tehran. 30 to 40 students were arrested. Starting on September 17, protests spread across Iran, including at various universities, following

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On September 20, 2022, security forces reportedly arrested Mansoureh Mousavi, a sociologist of women’s studies in apparent connection to her research. Mousavi’s research focuses on the sociology of the body and women’s sexuality. Security forces reportedly confiscated Mousavi’s laptop and

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On August 27, 2022, police arrested at least one student participating in a protest against Iran’s compulsory military service. The Student Justice Movement organized the demonstration in front of Iran’s Public Conscription Organization office in Tehran. The demonstration was reportedly

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On May 16, 2022, Iranian state media reported that prominent sociologist Saeed Madani had been arrested for security charges and “suspicious foreign links.” Mehr News Agency, which IranWire describes as “state-controlled,” released a brief report stating that Madani had been

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On April 20, 2022, so-called morality guards attacked students at the Iran University of Science and Technology while they attempted to distribute a statement. A few members of the school’s Islamic Association distributed copies of a statement condemning the heightened

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On January 21, 2022, it became public that Sharif University of Technology had refused to extend the contract of well-known philosopher Arash Abazari, apparently on political grounds. Abazari, who completed his PhD at John Hopkins University and wrote the well-received

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On January 3, 2022, the University of Tehran voted not to extend the contract of social policy expert Reza Omidi, apparently on political or ideological grounds. According to Radio Farda, Omidi is a member of the Iranian Sociological Association’s Board

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On December 7, 2021, sociology professor and former political prisoner Saeed Madani was prevented from leaving Iran to begin a one-year research post at Yale University, in the United States. Madani previously worked as a professor at the University of

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On September 4, 2021, philosophy professor Bijan Abdolkarimi was fired from Islamic Azad University, apparently for a speech he gave in 2019 at a government function in Iran. Abdolkarimi had taught at Azad University since 2001. According to Iran International,

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