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Date of Incident: April 04, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Imprisonment

Institution(s):Nyala University

Region & Country:Northern Africa | Sudan

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On April 4, 2014, Sudanese security forces used teargas and batons to disperse a student protest on the campus of Nyala University, reportedly wounding dozens, and arresting at least seven students and charging them with disturbing the peace.

The student demonstrators were demanding the release of Nawal El Khamis Shamseldin, a Nyala University student who had been arrested earlier that week along with three other students, after giving a speech criticizing the government based on its failure to improve the situation in the Darfur region.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks on students on campus. 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. 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 minimizes the risk of injury or harm to individuals and respects institutional autonomy, academic freedom and human rights.