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Date of Incident: May 23, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Teacher Training Institute- Mosul-Iraq

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

New or Ongoing:New Incident

Saliha Salih al-Juhaishy, a professor at the Teacher Training Institute in Mosul, was killed by unidentified gunmen on May 23, 2014. According to Nineveh governorate police, Professor al-Juhaishy, who was a candidate for the Iraqi parliament, was shot in the head and died immediately. As of this report, no one has claimed responsibility for the crime and security forces have not named any suspects.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the apparently targeted killing of higher education personnel.  In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and institutional autonomy.  State officials have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators of violent attacks accountable.