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Date of Incident: September 06, 2023

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):University of Lagos

Region & Country:Western Africa | Nigeria

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On September 6, 2023, police fired tear gas at University of Lagos (UNILAG) students who were peacefully protesting against an increase in tuition fees on campus.

Scholars at Risk is concerned with use tear gas to disperse students exercising their peaceful 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 Nigeria is a party. State authorities have a responsibility to refrain from restricting the nonviolent exercise of such rights. In addition to the harm to the immediate victims, the use of force to restrict or deter nonviolent student expression undermines academic freedom and democratic society more generally.