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 27, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Mosul University- Iraq-Mosul

Region & Country:Western Asia | Iraq

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On May 27, 2014, Abdullah Jarullah al-Ubaidi, a university lecturer and PhD candidate working at the Department of Business in the Administration and Economics School at Mosul University, was shot and killed near his home in Mosul’s city center.  As of this report, no one has claimed responsibility for the crime and security forces have not identified any suspects in the killing.
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.
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