SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: October 30, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):State University of Haiti

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On October 30, 2022, alleged members of a criminal gang kidnapped Auguste Alexis, a professor of law and economics at the State University of Haiti, in the Tabarre neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.

Alexis was released on November 7, 2022.

According to Vant Bèf Infos, Alexis was due to meet with a group of students from Quisqueya University at the time he was kidnapped.

A growing number of professionals, including academics, have been the targets of kidnappings in recent years in Haiti.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the kidnapping of a scholar. State authorities should take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of scholars, students, and staff, including by investigating and holding perpetrators of such acts responsible, in line with international human rights standards. In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, kidnappings targeting members of the higher education community undermine the conditions needed for the meaningful exercise of the right to education and academic freedom.

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