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World in Progress: Jul 03, 2013

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    Afghanistan brain drain -- Human Rights Groups put pressure on Germany to make companies accountable for human rights violations -- how simple new cooking stoves improve lives and the environment in developing countries -- Tunisian women's rights
    Producer: Anke Rasper
    NGOs say Germany not doing enough to implement UN Guidelines on Business and Human RightsThe UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, also dubbed "Ruggie Principles", were endorsed two years ago by the UN's human rights council. The idea is to set global standards for addressing adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activities, including complaint mechanisms. Caroline Heydenreich from Germanwatch told DW why her organization is criticizing Germany's approach.Struggle for women's rights in Tunisia continuesWhen the Arab spring started in Tunisia, many women's groups were hoping for improvement in women's rights in society. Recently, demonstrations by activists from the controversial women's group FEMEN polarized public opinion. Though not all women's rights actvists agree with this particular form of protest they agree that Tunisia's women still have to struggle for their rights.Brain drain hits AfghanistanBy the end of 2014, NATO-led combat troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan. Out of fear of a resurgence of the Taliban, many educated Afghans are now leaving their homeland in search of a better future abroad - 2.6 million Afghan refugees fled the country in 2012 alone. And it's something that has the population worried, reports Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi.Energy efficient cooking stoves minimize health hazards and environmental impactMany people still rely on open fires for their cooking, spending hours collecting firewood - and breathing in smoke that affects the respiratory system. In addition, there's also a negative impact on the environment. Bonn hosted an international conference on the topic which our colleague Samantha Early attended. In her report, she explores what's being done to make cooking cleaner.

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