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Date of Incident: September 19, 2021

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Institution(s):Technological University, Dawei

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Myanmar (Burma)

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On September 19, 2021, soldiers reportedly arrested Daw Hnin Nandar Aung, a faculty member of Technological University, who allegedly participated in the anti-coup Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).

The university’s student union told sources that soldiers arrested her at her home, around 10:00 PM. As of this report, there is no public information regarding her current status, including whether she remains in the military’s custody.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the arrest of a scholar in apparent retaliation for their nonviolent exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association — conduct that is expressly protected by international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. State authorities have an obligation to refrain from restricting or retaliating against the nonviolent exercise of such rights. In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, arbitrary arrests in connection with scholars’ peaceful expressive activity undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.