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Date of Incident: September 15, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Unspecified Institution(s)

Region & Country:Southeastern Asia | Indonesia

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On September 15, 2022, civilians and security forces reportedly attacked a group of students from the Islamic Student Association (HMI) who were holding a peaceful protest over fuel prices during a state visit by Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo. According to Kompas, as many as 12 students were injured.

Scholars at Risk is concerned by civilians and police attacking students for their nonviolent exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly — conduct that is expressly protected by international human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Indonesia is a party. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, violence intended to deter or punish peaceful student expression undermines academic freedom and democratic society generally.

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