Highlights of the 1st Seminar in the Policy and Comparative Development Studies Seminar Series
Lingnan University cares student learning and has actively engaged research degree students to co-developing a productive learning community in support of research journey among PhD / DPS students. The School of Graduate Studies has kicked started the “Policy and Comparative Development Studies Seminar Series”, having research postgraduate and doctoral students in policy studies to lead presentations and debates of selected research areas. The first seminar was successfully held on 21 October 2021 entitled “Increased risk of COVID-19 infection and the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar under the military coup”.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is in South East Asia. It neighbours Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, China and India. Myanmar holds the world's longest civil wars since the country's independence in 1948. Approximately in Myanmar were internally displaced persons (IDPs) before the latest coup on 1 February 2021. After the military coup, the military has killed more than Meanwhile, the armed conflict between the military and ethnic organizations escalated across the country, resulting in more than civilians displaced as of June 2021. On the other hand, more than 18,444 deaths and 490,901 infected cases of COVID-19 in Myanmar in October. In particular, the displaced person is sheltering in their surrounding areas in the jungle and at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, malaria, and dengue fever due to precarious living conditions. Besides, displaced people. Moreover, the military is blocking and restricted, including UNHCR, to provide humanitarian support to IDPs, including primary healthcare services, medicine, and food, which has adversely affected the overall health and well-being of IDPs due to the existing food shortage and insufficient healthcare access. The displaced person and the people in Myanmar need urgently help from the international community and various actors collectively to halt military brutality against its people and provide prompt humanitarian assistance to save IDPs from starvation, including vaccines to contain the spread of virus infection among the IDP population in Myanmar.
Around 40 participants joined the seminar onsite or online, with very fruitful discussion not only the topic presented but also discussed publication opportunities for research degree students.