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Date of Incident: April 20, 2024

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):State University of Haiti

Region & Country:Americas | Haiti

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On April 20, 2024, a group of unidentified armed individuals stormed, looted, and vandalized the State University of Haiti’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy.

The group entered the university and looted the Faculty of Medicine building, taking laboratory equipment, solar panels, various electronics, and several university owned vehicles.

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.