Norwegian Elvis impersonator performs in Thailand’s Mae La camp for refugees from Burma. (Brendan Brady)

Ahead of Burma’s November 7 election, Thailand’s foreign minister raised alarms in the camps holding some 150,000 Burmese refugees when he remarked it would soon be time for them to be repatriated back to the country they fled. Critics say the upcoming election in Burma is a ploy by the junta to legitimize its power by ruling through plainclothes proxies, and few believe the newly branded government will assume conciliatory behavior toward groups it previously oppressed.

[Broadcast by CBC’s Dispatches on November 4, 2010]