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Date of Incident: August 20, 2022

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Institution(s):Yadanabon University

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Myanmar (Burma)

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On August, 20, 2022, military forces detained seven employees from Yadanabon University at their homes, apparently in connection to their participation in an anti-Junta civil disobedience movement (CDM).

Those detained reportedly include both faculty and administrators; however, SAR has not been able to verify the exact composition of the group.

According to Myanmar Now, the military released five of the employees the next day. SAR does not have information regarding the status of the two remaining employees, as of this writing.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the detention of higher education personnel in connection with their nonviolent exercise of the rights to freedom of expression 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 security forces have a responsibility to respect such conduct and to refrain from actions intended to retaliate against or restrict it. Arbitrary detentions of higher education personnel undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.

*SAR identified this incident in data made publicly available by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)