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Date of Incident: October 12, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Institution(s):Tehran University

Region & Country:Southern Asia | Iran

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On October 12, 2022, security forces reportedly broke into a student dormitory at Tehran University shortly after a student protest on campus.

Starting on September 17, protests spread across Iran, including at various universities, following the death-in-custody of Jina Amini (also known as Mahsa Amini) after so-called “morality police” detained her. Police and security forces have responded to the protests with violence and arrests.

On October 12, students reportedly held a protest at Tehran University. According to Iran Wire, security forces attacked the protesters; shortly after the protest, they broke through the windows of the Hafez student dormitory on campus,.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violence and destructive actions, and encroachments onto campus, by state security forces in an apparent attempt to retaliate or restrict students from exercising their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly — 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, to which Iran is a party. State authorities have an obligation to refrain from restricting or retaliating against the peaceful exercise of such rights. The use of force to restrict 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)حمله-نیروهای-امنیتی-به-خوابگاه-دانشگاه-تهران/