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Date of Incident: February 29, 2024

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Institution(s):State University of Haiti

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On February 29, 2024 a group of unidentified armed individuals stormed and looted the State University of Haiti’s Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV). A student was shot.

The group, reportedly armed with assault rifles, entered the university and looted the FAMV building and student dormitories, taking solar panels, computers, mattresses among other university equipment, as well as student’s cell phones and wallets.

Upon entering the campus, the armed individuals reportedly held a group of students during the raid; it is unclear how long the students were held for.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the intimidation of university members and forced entry into a higher education institution by armed groups. 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 victims, campus raids and intimidation of higher education members undermine academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and democratic society generally.