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Date of Incident: August 19, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):University of Dhaka

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Bangladesh

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On August 19, 2022, at least six members of a student group known as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) physically attacked three members from a students rights organization at the University of Dhaka.

At a press conference, BCL members who had participated in the assault apologized for their actions and said that the attack was due to a misunderstanding regarding an earlier incident. They also claimed that the beating was not ordered by BCL leadership but that it was a personal decision.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks by students on other students. State and university authorities must take reasonable measures to ensure safe living conditions for students, and students must refrain from violence. In addition to harm to the immediate victims, violent attacks on campus undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.