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.

Date of Incident: December 11, 2012

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment | Other

Institution(s):Omdurman Islamic University

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

New or Ongoing:Ongoing Incident

Four students died after police disrupted protests at Al Jazeera University on December 3.  The deaths ignited student protests at campuses across Sudan, including at Omdurman Islamic University on December 11 where student protesters were reportedly assaulted by pro-government students and police.  After the students retreated to their university dorm rooms, the attackers allegedly set the dormitory on fire. Many students were injured and arrested. 
Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks on students and campus buildings. Students and other members of higher education communities have the right to engage peacefully in expressive activity, including protests. State and university authorities have a responsibility to protect students engaged in such peaceful activity, and to ensure the perpetrators of violent attacks are held accountable. When state and university authorities are required to intervene in student protests to maintain order or security, they have a responsibility to do so in a way that respects institutional autonomy, academic freedom and human rights.
UPDATE: This is an update to an earlier report. To view, please click here.