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“Nothing About Us Without Us”

Refugee’s Voices About Their Return To Burma

NEW! The video is now available with Burmese subtitles here.

A Burma Partnership Initiative
Filmed and Directed by Timothy Syrota

Thailand has been home for 150,000 refugees from Burma for decades. With reforms beginning to be implemented by the Burma government in the last year and a half, the return of these refugees is already being discussed and planned at a high level between the Burma and Thai governments and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

History has provided repeated warnings of the potential dangers of planning a massive repatriation of refugees without adequate consultations and feedback from the affected communities. Repatriation without the inputs and consent of the local communities could exacerbate underlying conflicts, causing renewed strife which in turn can lead to further flows of refugees seeking asylum.

“Nothing About Us Without Us: Refugees’ Voices About their Return to Burma” is a short documentary feature highlighting refugees’ voices about repatriation from camps along the Thailand border back into Burma. It features interviews with the UNHCR, leading academics, and the refugees themselves.

The following screenings have already been organized. Stay tuned for more!


7 February 2013 at 10:30am
@ Royal Rose (Taw Win Hninsi)

Speakers: Khin Ohmar, Coordinator of Burma Partnership, and Susanna Hla Hla Soe, Director of the Karen Women Empowerment Group.

For more information: Khin Ohmar at +95 9450063714.

ေနရာ – ေတာ္ဝင္ႏွင္းဆီ (Royal Rose)
အခ်ိန္ – ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလ ၇ ရက္ (ၾကာသာပေတးေန႕) နံနက္ ၁၀း ၃၀ မွ မြန္းတည့္ ၁၂း ၀၀ ထိ

ပါဝင္ေဆြးေႏြးမည့္ပုဂၢိဳလ္မ်ား – ေဒၚခင္ဥမၼာ (တာဝန္ခံ၊ ျမန္မာ့အေရးပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္သူမ်ား)၊ ေနာ္စူစနာလွလွစိုး (ညႊန္ၾကားေရးမႈး၊ Karen Women Empowerment Group)

ဆက္သြယ္ရန္ – ေဒၚခင္ဥမၼာ +၉၅ ၉၄၅၀၀ ၆၃၇၁၄


11 December 2012 at 2pm 
@ Geneva Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, La Pastorale, 1202 Genève

Speaker: Khin Ohmar, Coordinator of Burma Partnership.

For more information: Laurence Fehlmann Rielle, Association Suisse-Birmanie at asboffice@bluewin.ch or +41 79 101 53 98


12 December 2012 at 7pm  
@ Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, Maneeya Centre, Penthouse, 518 / 5 Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok (Chit Lom BTS Station)


  • Timothy Syrota (Director)
  • Soe Aung (Forum for Democracy in Burma)
  • Phil Robertson (Human Rights Watch)
  • Kweh Say (Burma Issues)
  • Neddu (Karenni National Women’s Organization)
  • Aue Mon (Human Rights Foundation of Monland)

There will also be a photo exhibition depicting the daily life of refugees on the Thailand-Burma border.

For more information: Jessica Stevens, Media and Communications Officer with Burma Partnership at jessica@burmapartnership.org or +66884307032

14 December 2012 at 2pm
@ Room 102, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University (Tha Prachan Campus)


  • Soe Aung (Forum for Democracy in Burma)
  • Kweh Say (Burma Issues)
  • Neddu (Karenni National Women’s Organization)

Moderated by Ajarn Decha Tangseefa. Summary in Thai will be provided.

For more information: tbborderland@gmail.com

Mae Sot

19 December 2012 at 8pm  

Including discussion with Khin Ohmar, Coordinator of Burma Partnership, representatives from Karen community based organizations and a photo exhibition depicting the daily life of refugees on the Thailand-Burma border.