Sheffield SU Statement on the conflict in Myanmar
Sheffield Students’ Union wishes to express our solidarity with all of our Myanmar students, currently affected by the difficult political situation in their country.
On February 1st, Myanmar military forces organised a state coup, arresting the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi under dubious allegations. Massive protests have been going on in the country since then, which were met with unwarranted actions such as live ammunition and extreme use of force. As a result, at least 70 protesters have been killed so far.
We can only imagine how difficult it must be for our students to be facing such a challenging situation on top of the pandemic and all its related issues. We would like to reassure you that your Students’ Union stands with you, and is ready and willing to help with any emotional or practical struggles you may be facing.
- For wellbeing and mental health support, please contact SAMHS or the Wellbeing Service. However big or small your issue may be, they can offer professional, confidential support.
- For immigration and visas advice, which may involve asylum-seeking guidance if necessary, please contact our award-winning Student Advice Centre by emailing email@example.com. The team also offers general advice and support for any other issues, so please don’t hesitate to contact them if you don’t know where to go.
- If this situation has impacted your studies, please contact your academic department. They will be able to talk through your options. You can always submit extenuating circumstances form if you feel that your performance may be affected in any particular assignment.
- Finally, we understand that such challenging times may also bring financial hardship. If you are struggling financially, please refer to the support funds available at our university. This includes the newly instated £3 million Covid Support Fund, for any financial struggle derived from the pandemic.
Once again, we would like to reiterate our commitment to you during these times. Democracy is one of our core values and no attempt to harm it will ever be welcomed here. Keep safe and take care of each other.
Your Students’ Union Officers.