9 - 23 May 2006 Banjul, The Gambia.A. General human rights situation in Africa
In March 2006, the establishment of Benin’s new government was an encouraging instance of good governance, State building and the rule of law in Africa. The ceasefire and transition period in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as the country prepares for upcoming presidential elections, seem to signal a new, more stable era after so many gross human rights violations. Meanwhile, concerted efforts by certain countries (such as Ghana) toward reaching the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) bring hope. At the same time, Johnson-Sirleaf’s election in Liberia, as the first woman Head of State in Africa, shows promise for the promotion and protection of women’s human rights on the continent.