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Statement of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter on the Situation in Venezuela (June 2016)

We the undersigned members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, committed to the promotion and defense of democratic values, have been carefully following the severe crisis in Venezuela. We reiterate our support for the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General’s efforts and the convening of the extraordinary meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on June 23, 2016, for the consideration of the report of the Secretary General on Venezuela. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Statement on its Limited Election Observation Mission in the Philippines

The Carter Center today issued its findings from a limited election observation mission to the Philippines May 9 general elections. Learn More

Handcrafted Farm Table, Oil Painting by Former President To Be Auctioned To Benefit The Carter Center

A farm table with six chairs handcrafted at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm in Plains, Georgia, last summer by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other artists is among more than 150 items to be auctioned June 25 to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Proceeds will support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries. Learn More

Musical Performances among Highlights of Human Rights Defenders Forum

The 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum will include the debuts of a musical composition and a music video, both designed to promote peace and understanding. Learn More

Carter Center Appoints New Members to Board of Councilors

The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization advancing peace and health worldwide, has appointed 22 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 205. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Updated Working Paper on Syria's Transition Constitutional Options

The Carter Center has been engaged in promoting an end to fighting and a political transition in Syria since the conflict began in 2011. The Center has facilitated a series of workshops examining governance options for the 18-month transition called for by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 and constitutional changes necessary to support the resolution's call for an "inclusive transitional governing body with full executive powers." Learn More

Statement on Daniel Ortega's Decision Not to Invite International Observers to Nicaragua Elections

ATLANTA — President Daniel Ortega has closed the door to international observation of national elections to be held on November 6, 2016, despite the clamor for observation by a majority of the Nicaraguan people. Learn More

Carter Center Plans Human Rights Defenders Forum Focused on Peace

More than 60 activists, scholars and community leaders will come together June 18-21 to discuss ways to end violence in all its forms during the Carter Center's annual Human Rights Defenders Forum, "A Time for Peace: Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights." Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Support of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

ATLANTA — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States, announced Monday that a grave financial crisis has led to the suspension of site visits and cancellation of hearings scheduled for July and October, and the imminent loss of 40 percent of its staff. To avert this dire situation, the IACHR needs to receive funds, or at least written commitments for contributions, before June 15. Learn More

Statement from Former President Carter on the Passing of Patt Derian

Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Patricia Derian. As the senior State Department official in charge of human rights during my administration, Patt spent hundreds of hours meeting with victims and their families. She became a champion of oppressed people around the world, helping me exert pressure on dictatorships from Argentina to South Korea. Learn More

Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy in Georgia and Children's Issues

New research about the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, will be discussed during the 21st annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Learn More

Carter Center Receives Award for Promoting Human Rights in the DRC Mining Sector in Collaboration with Civil Society Partners

The Carter Center will receive the International Association for Impact Assessment's Institutional Award this week at the IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability conference in recognition of its work with local civil society partners to protect human rights in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Expands to the United Arab Emirates

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has partnered with the Al Jalila Foundation to develop and implement a United Arab Emirates (UAE) Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF). This program will be the first mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East. Learn More

Carter Center Names Dean Sienko as New Vice President for Health Programs

Dean G. Sienko, M.D., M.S., has been appointed vice president for health programs at The Carter Center, effective June 2016. Learn More

Public Declaration Supporting the Inter American Human Rights System March 20, 2013

On the occasion of the Forty-Fourth Special Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), which will take place on March 22, 2013, with the objective of approving the recommendations presented by the Permanent Council for the strengthening of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Human Rights System, the below signatories express our recognition and support for the protection of human rights within the Inter-American system and the IACHR, as one of the main collective achievements of the countries in the hemisphere and for the valuable work that, since its creation in 1959, it has carried out and continues to carry out for the promotion, defense, and protection of human rights in the hemisphere. Learn More

Carter Center Makes Dynamic Syria Conflict Map Available to Public

The Carter Center has launched a new web tool that shows in near real time which groups control what areas of Syria. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Myanmar Post-Election Statement

Myanmar's Union Election Commission has addressed post-election complaints in a transparent manner, The Carter Center said in a statement released today, but the country's new government should address legal and structural issues to make it easier for candidates and citizens to pursue complaints in future elections and to further increase the transparency of the tabulation of results. Learn More

Nigeria Launches Africa’s First Nationwide Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) Elimination Co-Implementation Plan

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health is distributing new national guidelines for coimplementation of interventions to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis). This combined nationwide strategy is the first of its kind in Africa and will allow the Federal and State Ministries of Health to efficiently protect all Nigerians from the two mosquito transmitted parasitic diseases. Learn More

Carter Center Joins Government of Sudan to Mark Milestone in Maternal and Child Health Initiative

ATLANTA…In a ceremony today in Khartoum, Sudan, The Carter Center joined officials from the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health to mark an official handover of supplies and equipment to improve the country's maternal and child health. Learn More

Liz Blake Appointed Chair of Carter Center Board of Councilors

Liz Blake, retired senior vice president of Habitat for Humanity International, has been appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2016. The board comprises 239 members, who serve as a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding among opinion leaders and the broader community of The Carter Center and its activities. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for 2016-17 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The deadline for applications is April 6, 2016, and the fellowship recipients will be announced July 11, 2016, on the Center's website, The 2016-2017 fellowship year begins in September 2016. Learn More

Jimmy Carter Congratulates Myanmar on Sitting of New Legislatures; Carter Center Continues its Post-Election Observation

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar on the sitting of the newly elected union and state/regional legislative assemblies. The results of the historic elections on Nov. 8, 2015, delivered a strong mandate to incoming representatives to press forward with Myanmar's ongoing transition from authoritarian rule to democracy. Learn More

Jimmy Carter Warns of Humanitarian Crisis in Nepal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center call on the international community to continue providing desperately needed humanitarian support to Nepal and urge the country's political leaders to work quickly to resolve differences over the new constitution. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Only 22 People had Guinea Worm Disease in 2015

Only 22 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported worldwide in 2015, an 83 percent reduction from the 126 cases reported in 2014, the greatest single percentage reduction in human cases in the history of the global campaign. These provisional numbers are reported by the ministries of health in remaining endemic countries and compiled by The Carter Center. When the Center began leading the international campaign to eradicate the parasitic disease in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million Guinea worm cases occurring annually in Africa and Asia. Learn More

Jimmy Carter to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Egypt

The Carter Center announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit Egypt next week as part of the Center's witnessing of Egypt's parliamentary elections. He will join a delegation of 40 witnesses representing 21 countries deployed in Egypt since mid-November to witness all three phases of voting. Learn More

ACCRA DECLARATION: Advancing Human Rights for Women and Girls

The Carter Center, the Office of the National Chief Imam of Ghana, and regional civil society organizations participating in the West Africa Human Rights Defenders Forum in Accra, Ghana, released today a declaration to advance human rights for women and girls. The forum, held Dec. 7-9, 2015, brought together more than 40 scholars, activists, and religious leaders to seek ways to combat the abuse and oppression of women and girls, and means of countering interpretations of faith-based teachings that perpetuate inequality and gender-based violence. Learn More

Carter Center to Hold Forum in Ghana on Rights of Women and Girls

On Dec. 7-9, The Carter Center will bring together more than 40 scholars, activists, and religious leaders to seek ways to combat the abuse and oppression of women and girls, and means of countering interpretations of faith-based teachings that perpetuate inequality and gender-based violence. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Myanmar People on Election, Urges Key Democratic Reforms

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Myanmar, who have exercised their political rights with pride and enthusiasm. Both on election day and in the preceding months, they participated as voters, observers, political party agents, election officials, and civil society activists. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Release of Egyptian Human Rights Defenders

The Carter Center and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter urge the Government of Egypt to dismiss all charges against renowned journalist and human rights defender Hossam Bahgat. "Hossam has devoted his life and work to advancing human rights for all Egyptians," said President Carter. Learn More

***MEDIA ADVISORY on 31st Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy "Help Wanted: Reshaping the Behavioral Health Workforce"***

Media are invited to cover the Nov. 12-13, 2015, 31st Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) resulted in millions more people trying to access mental health and substance use services as one of the 10 essential health benefits included in all covered plans. Learn More

Carter Center Endorses 'Better Peace Tool'

The Carter Center and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter encourage all governments and stakeholders to take robust and immediate action to ensure women's participation in all efforts to advance peace and security. "Fifteen years after United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted," said Carter, "women remain largely excluded from the peace tables and corridors of power despite clear evidence that women's participation in peace processes contributes to more comprehensive agreements that lead to sustainable peace. The time for decisive action is now." Learn More

Carter Center Election Observation Delegation Arrives in Yangon Wednesday

The Carter Center's election observation mission enters a new phase Wednesday with the arrival of more than 50 short-term observers in advance of the Nov. 8 general election. The delegation will be co-led by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, former chairman of Nepal's Election Commission Bhojraj Pokharel, and incoming chairman of the Carter Center's Board of Trustees Jason Carter. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Guatemalan President-Elect Jimmy Morales

On Oct. 21, The Carter Center sent a small, high-level political delegation to Guatemala City for Sunday's run-off presidential election. The presence of the delegation did not constitute an electoral observation but was an expression of the international community's high interest in Guatemala's democratic process. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Latest Statement on Myanmar's Pre-Election Activities

The Carter Center today released its latest statement on Myanmar's pre-election activities, making recommendations to help ensure a democratic process in the days to come. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Syria Conflict Maps

The Carter Center closely follows events in Syria and regularly publishes reports about conflict developments on its website. These reports are publicly available and are forwarded to all interested parties, including Syrians across political divides and governments in the west and in the region. Learn More

Carter Center Sends High-Level Political Delegation to Guatemala Runoff Elections

On Oct. 21, The Carter Center will send a small, high-level political delegation to Guatemala City ahead of Sunday's runoff presidential election. The delegation will be led by Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican minister of foreign affairs, and John Maisto, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States — both members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter — and by Jennie Lincoln, director of the Center's Americas Program. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet on Nobel Peace Prize

The Carter Center and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter congratulate the National Dialogue Quartet on the 2015 Nobel Prize for Peace. The peace prize is testament to the Quartet's success in steering Tunisia through deadlock and crisis to the adoption of the constitution and peaceful, credible, democratic elections. Learn More

The Carter Center and IFES Expand Cooperation

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and The Carter Center have entered into a memorandum of understanding to guide a partnership based on the common mission of strengthening the quality of elections and democracy. Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Winners of Nobel Prize for Medicine

The Carter Center and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter congratulate the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine, who discovered drugs that have prevented needless suffering for countless millions of people. Learn More

Newest Victory in Onchocerciasis Elimination: Mexico

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate President Enrique Peña Nieto and the people of Mexico for eliminating onchocerciasis (river blindness) within its borders, as verified recently by the World Health Organization (WHO). Mexico is the world's third nation to receive official verification of elimination of the disease. Learn More

International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas

The Carter Center, PAHO/WHO, and the Mectizan Donation Program of Merck & Co., Inc., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, are part of a coalition of organizations helping countries in the Americas fight river blindness (onchocerciasis) and are calling for a final push to definitively eliminate transmission of the disabling disease from the Western Hemisphere. Learn More

Carter Center Statement: President Jimmy Carter Meeting with Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met with Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro Moros in New York City today to discuss the status of the campaign to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis) from the Americas. Learn More

Carter Center Welcomes Important Breakthrough in Colombian Peace Process

The Carter Center welcomes the important announcement made by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana, on Sept. 23. The major breakthroughs that were reached on the issues of victims, transitional justice, and disarmament, as well as the commitment to an immediate, bilateral cease-fire and to sign a final peace agreement within six months, represent an historic progress to end the country's 51-year war. Learn More

Carter Center Launches Project on the Benefits of Evidence-Based Observation of U.S. Elections

As The Carter Center marks 10 years as an original endorser of the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, its Democracy Program has launched a new project aimed at supporting those working to improve the quality of elections in the United States. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Statement on Candidate Scrutiny Process and Campaign Environment in Myanmar

The Carter Center election observation mission has deployed field teams to observe the electoral campaign, which officially started on Sept. 8. The first week of campaigning, as observed by the Center in three states, was peaceful, and parties report being able to conduct their campaign activities without significant difficulty. Learn More

Carter Center Releases National Journalism Guide for Reporting on Behavioral Health

The Carter Center Mental Health Program today released "The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health" to journalists, behavioral health and media experts, and guests during the three-day annual meeting of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans aged 18 or older experienced a mental illness last year and 20.7 million adults (8.8%) had a substance use disorder. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on the Sept. 6 General Elections in Guatemala

The Carter Center's high-level political delegation to the Sept. 6 general elections in Guatemala found these elections to be distinct, not only in regard to Guatemala's electoral history, but also in the context of the region. Learn More

Carter Center's High-Level Political Delegation Calls Guatemalans to Vote on Sunday

After its first contact with electoral authorities and other Guatemalan stakeholders, the Carter Center's high-level political delegation has found an extraordinary climate of peace and civic commitment despite the complex political moment through the country has experienced. In this spirit, we encourage all citizens to vote in peace and with democratic conviction, sure that in this new stage, an election with high voter turnout will fortify Guatemala's transformation. Learn More

Carter Center Sends High-Level Political Delegation to Guatemala Elections

At the invitation of the Guatemalan Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), The Carter Center will send a small, high-level political delegation to the Sept. 6 general elections in Guatemala. Learn More

Carter Center Joins ADEPT Consortium to Advance Democracy

Leaders of The Asia Foundation, The Carter Center, Democracy International, Freedom House, IREX, and World Learning met in Washington today to discuss their enhanced cooperation in programs worldwide to advance democratic elections and political transitions. Learn More

Carter Center Helps Bolster Liberia's Mental Health Workforce Following Ebola Epidemic

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, has exceeded its goal of training 150 mental health clinicians by 2015, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care. Learn More

The Carter Center Issues Second Report and Recommendations on Myanmar's Electoral Process

A number of important steps have been taken in the election process since March 2015, according to a Carter Center monitoring mission report released today. Observer accreditation procedures have been finalized, a large number of political parties have announced intentions to compete, and most parties have signed a code of conduct. Learn More

Tunisia: Counterterror Law Endangers Rights

Tunisia's new counterterrorism law imperils human rights and lacks the necessary safeguards against abuse, eight nongovernmental organizations said today. The law grants security forces broad and vague monitoring and surveillance powers, extends incommunicado detention from 6 to up to 15 days for terrorism suspects, and permits courts to close hearings to the public and allow witnesses to remain anonymous to the defendants. Learn More

Carter Center Events Spotlight Cuba, Latin America

The Carter Center and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta are teaming up to host two events examining the future of Cuba and Latin America. Learn More

Carter Center Auction Raises nearly $1.8 Million

An auction held during this year's annual Carter Center Weekend, which took place June 24-28 in Vail, Colorado, brought in just under $1.8 million, making it the Center's most successful auction to date. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Disclosure of Terms of Kawama Permit Transfer

The Carter Center urges the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the terms of the deal in which state-owned mining company Gécamines lost its interest in the potentially rich Kawama concession. In February 2015, Chabara Sprl, in which Gécamines holds a 30 percent stake, sold the Kawama permit to one of the country's largest companies, Mutanda Mining. The sale was reported in the media only this week. Learn More

Carter Center Mining Governance Program Launches Updated Website

The Carter Center's mining governance program launched a revamped and improved Congo Mines website ( on June 24 in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Learn More

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