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IV. West Africa

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With Ghana marking its 50th anniversary of independence, the sub-region gave off mixed signals of political maturity. More than half the sub-region's countries faced electoral contests. In West Africa there were court cases against war criminals, anti-corruption campaigns, media harassment and a few more serious cases of civil liberty violations. Child trafficking and labour attracted considerable attention in Ghana, where another problem - domestic violence - led to the adoption of a bill by parliament. Parliamentary elections marked the end of the consensus democracy that had characterised Mali's political life. In addition to its political and military cooperation with Niger, Mali maintained strong ties with Algeria, which mediated in the northern conflict. Criminalisation of slavery and a tripartite agreement on repatriation of Mauritanian refugees from Senegal were important steps in improving the country's reputation in the field of human rights. Media harassment was a constant problem in Niger.

Keywords: Algeria; Ghana; Mali; Niger; Senegal; West Africa



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