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 21, 2013

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Malaysia

New or Ongoing:Ongoing Incident

A candlelight vigil in front one of the gates of Universiti Sains Malaysia was disrupted by a group of about 10 people. The vigil, consisting of about 30 people, mostly USM students, was held in solidarity with detained student Adam Adli Abdul Halim. 
The disruptive group allegedly shoved and assaulted vigil participants, injuring at least eight, including three USM students and two journalists.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violence against members of higher education communities. Such attacks not only harm the immediate victims, but undermine academic freedom, institutional autonomy and the ability of higher education communities to serve their educational, research and social functions, harming all members of these communities and society generally.