On May 11, 2019, Turkish authorities arrested University of Lyon-1 mathematics professor Ahmet Tuna Altınel for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is apparently based on Altınel’s alleged participation at a documentary screening in France. Altınel, a professor at
On May 10, 2019, police fired tear gas on demonstrators on the campus of Middle East Technical University (METU) and detained 25 people, in apparent retaliation for participating in a peaceful campus Pride parade. On May 6, the METU rector
On May 6, 2019, Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) suspended Nkanang Joy Ufot, a second year performing arts student, in apparent retaliation for expression on social media criticizing the university administration on social media. On May 4, Ufot reportedly posted
On May 7, 2019, a group of students at the University of Tizi Ouzou used violent force to obstruct an on-campus event commemorating the 39th anniversary of the Berber Spring.
On May 7, 2019, the İstanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Boğaziçi University professor Nüket Esen to one year and three months imprisonment on a charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization.” The charge is in apparent retaliation for the
On May 6, 2019, the Middle East Technical University (METU) rector banned a Pride parade scheduled to take place on campus. METU students have organized an annual Pride march for each of the past eight years. In November 2017, the
On April 30, 2019, Turkish courts convicted and issued prison sentences to research assistants Ömer Çelebi and Süreyya Topaloğlu on terrorism-related charges. The charges are in apparent retaliation for their endorsement of a petition criticizing state and military actions in
On April 30, 2019, it was reported that five Peking University (PKU) students went missing in advance of International Labor Day activities. As of this report, they are suspected of being held by authorities. The students are reportedly Maoist activists
On April 29, 2019, police and security guards reportedly detained Shen Yuxuan, a Peking University (PKU) student, in apparent retaliation for her association with an initiative supporting factory workers. Shen, a student activist reportedly associated with PKU’s Marxist Society, has
On April 25, 2019, police reportedly arrested and used violence against students at the Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) and nearby university hostels in response to a student protest.
On April 25, 2019, police used violent force against students from various universities and high schools participating in a protest on Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, the main street in Santiago. The protest, organized by the Confederation of Students of Chile (Confech)
On April 24, 2019, violence erupted during a protest at the National University of Colombia (NUC) campus in Bogata over planned government reforms.
On April 24, 2019, a group of students reportedly attacked the president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ahmed Raissouni, while he was giving a lecture at Abdelmalek Essaadi University. Raissouni, a renowned scholar in Morocco, was invited to
On April 23, 2019, authorities executed Mujtaba al-Sweikat, a Saudi citizen who had been detained since 2012, for participating in Arab Spring-related protests. On August 12, 2012, authorities detained al-Sweikat at King Fahd International Airport, as he was preparing to
On April 18, 2019, police reportedly detained Guo Quan, a former associate professor at Nanjing Normal University, in apparent retaliation for his social media expression. Guo, a scholar and a human rights activist, was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to