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Akha people learn about HIV/AIDS and human trafficking with the movie Logurkaq (23/04/2012)

According to the Akha tradition, the birth of twins bodes extreme ill fortune. Thus, in the past, twins were killed at birth. Bugeu and Buga are twins born in an Akha village in Thailand. To circumvent the tradition, the girls are separated at birth. Buga grows up in the city with her blood-related uncle (Amae) and sells flowers in bars and restaurants. Bugeu grows up in an Akha household in the  hills.  She leaves home to expand her horizons but gets tricked into working in a brothel. Will she escape? Will the twins meet? Find out in the movie: Logurkaq. 

Logurkaq is the first feature movie written in Akha and filmed with Akha actors. Messages on the risks of human trafficking, drug use and HIV and AIDS are woven into the story.

The movie is in Akha language with Thai and English subtitles. The DVD can be ordered from UNESCO Bangkok by contacting: 

Watch the trailer:



Manual for Producing Audio-visual Materials in Minority Language Now Available Online (7/12/2011)

The "Best Practice for Reaching the Unreached: Ethnic Minorities and HIV Prevention" is prepared by Dr. Heather Peters, Senior Consultant at Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok. The article is designed as a manual for people who want to develop audio-visual materials in minority ethnic languages. 

Explaining and giving examples of why culture and language are essential in HIV prevention, the manual offers a simple but detailed explanation of the 12-Step UNESCO Methodology for developing culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention materials, such as radio shows, soap operas, film and music. It also outlines practical steps needed to design and produce a prevention drama in ethnic languages.

Learn about UNESCO Minority Language Drama Against HIV/AIDS, Trafficking and Drugs.



Birth Registration and Citizenship Manual Now Available Online (03/10/2011)

The “Manual for Capacity Building on Birth Registration and Citizenship in Thailand” is now available online. The present manual is a revision and expansion of the manual published by UNESCO in 2007.

This current manual was prepared after both the Civil Registration Act and the Nationality Act were amended in 2008. New issues, such as the Thai Ministry of Interior’s directives on “Birth Registration” and the “Suspension of Citizenship”, have also been included. It is hoped that this new, updated manual will be useful to government officials, NGOs, and community leaders seeking to improve registration processes for highland people.

Read more here.



Highland Peoples Survey II Results Close to being Finalized (01/10/11)

UNESCO has collaborated with the U.K. Embassy, Bangkok and the Thai Bureau of Social Development and Human Security (BSD) since 2004 on the ongoing project, “Promoting Human Rights for Highland Minorities through Citizenship and Birth Registration.” The greater project is comprised of quantitative and qualitative research on the impacts of statelessness on highland populations, mainly the Highland Peoples’ Survey (HPS I & II)—the largest, most current household survey of highland groups in northern Thailand to address statelessness and access to social services. Upon the completion of the first wave of the survey (HPS I), the second wave (HPS II) was designed and implemented in order to increase the scope the survey, address gaps in knowledge, and identify socioeconomic and legal conditions of highland groups in light of recent policy changes concerning Thai educational, health, and citizenship issues. 

For more background information, please click here.



"Stateless in their own home" By Krista Clement
Published in UNESCO VOICES, Edition 25, Jan-Mar 2011

In this article, Ms. Clement explains the issues surrounding citizenship and birth registration, and informs us what the Trafficking and HIV/AIDS Project is doing to help those who are stateless in northern Thailand.

For more information on the issue of statelessness, visit our Highland Citizenship and Birth Registration Project page here.



UNESCO-ADB Yunnan Radio Jingpo Language Prevention Drama Wins "First Prize"

The Jingpo language HIV/AIDS, drug and trafficking prevention radio drama, “Life of Tragedy”, took first prize at the Fifth Provincial Literary and Artistic Creation Awards held in Kunming, Yunnan, China. 

This radio “soap opera”, written by the renowned Jingpo author, Professor Yue Jian, and produced by a team from Yunnan Radio, combines an exciting story with HIV/AIDS, drug and trafficking prevention information. The author and the Yunnan Radio broadcasting team produced the programme using the methodology developed by UNESCO – a methodology designed to guarantee the production of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials. Financial support for this programme came from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to UNESCO. 

“Life of Tragedy” was broadcast twice by Yunnan Radio, first in October 2004, and again in February 2005. With further financial assistance from UNESCO, the drama was reproduced on both cassette tapes and CDs and distributed to 260 Jingpo villages in Dehong Prefecture, Yunnan, in early 2006. Copies of the programme have also reached the Kachin State in Myanmar/Burma. 

Click here to learn more about UNESCO Jingpo Language Radio Programme.