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: May 04, 2013

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Al-Anbar University

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

New or Ongoing:New Incident

A security source in the police of Al-Anbar province announced on June 4, 2013 that an unidentified gunman opened fire from a silenced pistol on Professor Khalil K. Jasim, Dean of the Administration and Economics College at Al-Anbar University, killing him instantly. The incident occurred in al-Niziza, a main grocery market, located in the city center of Fallujah. 
Scholars at Risk is concerned about continued violent attacks on higher education communities in Iraq. Aside from the harm to the immediate victim, these attacks undermine the ability of higher education communities to serve their educational, research and social functions. State and university authorities have a responsibility to protect higher education personnel from such threats, and to do so in ways that do not undermine academic freedom or institutional autonomy.  State and university officials also have a responsibility to prevent future attacks by holding perpetrators accountable.
Sources: (ARABIC)