THE CARTER CENTER
Waging Peace.
Fighting Disease.
Building Hope.

Waging Peace: Cuba

 

May 2002 Trip

During a historic trip in May 2002 as the first former or sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since the 1959 Cuban revolution, President Carter called on the U.S. and Cuban governments to mend relations.

He urged the United States to end its economic embargo against Cuba, in place since 1959, and President Fidel Castro to hold free elections, improve human rights, and allow greater civil liberties. President Carter's main goals were to meet Cuban people from all walks of life, to establish a dialogue with President Fidel Castro and other government officials, and to explore ways to ease the relationship between the United States and Cuba. Read full text >

 

March 2011 Trip

At the invitation of Cuban President Raul Castro, President Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and a small Carter Center delegation visited Havana on behalf of The Carter Center March 28-30, 2011. During the three-day visit, President Carter called for more human rights in the country and urged U.S. officials to end the prohibition on trade.

While in the country, President Carter saw Alan Gross, a U.S. aid contractor who was arrested in December 2010 and was serving a 15-year sentence in a Cuban prison. President Carter urged that the American be granted a humanitarian release. Read full text > 

 

Sign Up for Email Updates

Thanks for Signing Up!

Please leave this field empty

Thanks for Staying Updated!

Now, we invite you to Get Involved
cuba
Carter Center Photo
President Carter and Cuban President Fidel Castro greet one another upon the Carter Center delegation's arrival May 12, 2002, at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana.