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Date of Incident: March 09, 2024

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):State University of Haiti

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On March 9, 2024, a group of unidentified armed individuals stormed, looted, and vandalized the State University of Haiti’s Faculty of Sciences.

The group entered the university and looted the Faculty of Sciences building, taking laboratory equipment and smashing windows, televisions, and solar panels.

The forced entry comes about a week after an armed group stormed the State University of Haiti’s Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV) and shot a student (see report)

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the 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.

Sources:
*SAR identified this incident in data made publicly available by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-Another-University-Invaded-and-Looted-20240315-0018.html
https://x.com/nouvelliste/status/1768712247428157517?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1768712247428157517%7Ctwgr%5E6ba5ff4bc57acaccca266da2133c0cc04dd8e0ae%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.telesurenglish.net%2Fnews%2FHaiti-Another-University-Invaded-and-Looted-20240315-0018.html
https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-41889-icihaiti-ueh-the-faculty-of-sciences-attacked-vandalized-and-looted.html