Carter Center Press Releases
Oct. 20, 2014
Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Legislative Elections in Tunisia (En français) (عربي)
Under the accreditation of the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections (ISIE) of Tunisia, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Tunisia's legislative election on Oct. 26. Former Yemen Prime Minister Abdel Karim Al-Eryani will lead the mission.
Oct. 17, 2014
Carter Center Congratulates Mozambicans on Largely Peaceful Vote; Encourages Calm As Tabulation Process Continues (Em Português)
The Carter Center and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) deployed a team of 87 observers representing 40 countries to observe Mozambique's Oct. 15, 2014, presidential, national assembly, and provincial elections at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The team visited 543 polling stations in 82 of 151 districts and was led by Raila Odinga, former prime minister of Kenya; and co-led by Denis Kadima, executive director of EISA; and John Stremlau, vice president of peace programs for The Carter Center.
Oct. 15. 2014
Carter Center Closes Egypt Office; Calls for Stronger Protections for Democratic Rights and
The Carter Center announced today that it has closed its field office in Egypt after nearly three years and that it will not deploy an observation mission to assess Egypt's parliamentary elections anticipated later this year. This decision reflects The Carter Center's assessment that the political environment is deeply polarized and that political space has narrowed for Egyptian political parties, civil society, and the media. As a result, the upcoming elections are unlikely to advance a genuine democratic transition in Egypt. Both Egyptian civil society and international organizations face an increasingly restrictive environment that hinders their ability to conduct credible election observation.
Oct. 10, 2014
EISA and The Carter Center Welcome CNE Commitment to Transparency of Mozambique's Electoral Process (Portuguese)
The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and The Carter Center welcome today's confirmation by Mozambique's National Election Commission (CNE) that the entire electoral process, in all its phases, is subject to observation.
Oct. 6, 2014
Carter Center Announces International Delegation for Presidential and Legislative Elections in Mozambique
The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for Mozambique's presidential, legislative, and provincial assembly elections on Oct. 15, at the invitation of the government of Mozambique.
Oct. 1, 2014
Pollinator Garden Dedicated for President Carter's 90th Birthday
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 90th birthday at The Carter Center today with cake and a tour of a new butterfly garden created in honor of his special day.
Sept. 30, 2014
Carter Center and Pan American Health Organization Congratulate Ecuador as Second in the Americas to Achieve Elimination of Onchocerciasis (River Blindness) (En español)
The Carter Center and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) congratulated Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and the people of Ecuador for their country becoming the second in the world to achieve elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness), as verified by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sept. 19, 2014
The Carter Center Commends Tunisia's Successful Voter and Candidate Registration and Encourages Increased Communication (عربي) (En français)
The Carter Center commends the concerted efforts taken by electoral authorities, civil society organizations, and political parties to prepare for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. Although the Independent High Authority for the Elections (ISIE) experienced many challenges, it has conducted a comprehensive and inclusive voter and candidate registration process, ensuring that Tunisian citizens can participate in the upcoming elections.
Sept. 19, 2014
Eradication Efforts Against Global Disease Are Focus of Countdown to Zero
The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic benefits. Countdown to Zero, a new exhibition about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions, will open at the American Museum of Natural History on Jan. 13, 2015. The exhibition, developed in collaboration with The Carter Center, focuses on several global efforts that have been able to contain, eliminate, or eradicate disease. Chief among these is the 30-year campaign that may soon eradicate Guinea worm disease, positioning it to become only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox.
Sept. 12, 2014
Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia (En español)
We, the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, strongly condemn the death threats issued against 100 human rights defenders in Colombia by unscrupulous individuals on Sept. 9, the National Day of Human Rights in Colombia. These threats not only affect human rights defenders and their noble, arduous work, but also constitute a threat to the citizenry in general.
Sept. 8, 2014
Carter Center Transfers Nepal Election Database
At a small event today, The Carter Center formally marked the transfer of its Nepal observation research database to Social Science Baha, a Kathmandu-based nonprofit organization that promotes and enhances the study and research of social sciences in Nepal.
Sept. 3, 2014
Carter Center Commends ISNA for Human Rights Declaration to Promote Respect and Equality of Women
The Carter Center commends the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) for responding to President Jimmy Carter's call to action to advance the rights of women and girls by adopting a declaration promoting respect and equality of women on Aug. 30, 2014, at its 51st Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan.
July 28, 2014
Carter Center Applauds Democratic Republic of Congo's Recognition as Member of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; Calls for Sustained Commitment to Transparency and Accountability (En français)
The Carter Center congratulates the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on becoming a full member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). This hard-won achievement is the result of unprecedented collaboration between Congolese government agencies, extractive companies, and civil society organizations to accurately report significant revenue flows in Congo's complex natural resource sector.
July 22, 2014
Carter Center Calls for Immediate Gaza Ceasefire
Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Two weeks of indiscriminate bombing and fighting in and around Gaza has left over 600 Palestinians dead, an estimated two-thirds of whom are civilians, including over 150 children. The Israeli death toll has reached 29, including two civilians.
July 22, 2014
Carter Center Releases Recommendations for Access to Information and Women in Liberia
The Carter Center's Access to Information project, working with the Ministry of Gender and Development, the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, and the Women's NGO Secretariat (WONGOSOL) , has released recommendations for addressing the inequities that Liberian women face in the exercise of the right of information.
July 22, 2014
Traditional Chiefs Meet in Nimba on Peace and Reconciliation
A high-level delegation of chiefs and elders from Grand Gedeh County will visit Nimba County for a two-day peace and reconciliation meeting with chiefs and elders from Nimba County. The Honorable Minister of Internal Affairs Morris M. Dukuly Sr., has requested Chief Zanzan Karwor, chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders, to lead the meeting, which takes place in Toweh Town, Nimba County, from July 21-23, 2014.
July 11, 2014
The Carter Center Awards 2014-2015 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2014-2015 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the 18th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States and two fellowships from Colombia.
July 9, 2014
Flomoku Appointed Chief of Party for Carter Center Liberia Office
The Carter Center has named Pewee Flomoku as the first Liberian chief of party for its office in Liberia, effective today. A veteran Liberian journalist, Flomoku will lead both general office operations and its Access to Justice Project.
July 8, 2014
The Carter Center Announces International Observation Mission for Tunisian Elections
The Carter Center deployed on July 7 an international election observation mission for Tunisia's national elections on Oct. 26 and Nov. 23, 2014. Following its observation of the October 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections, The Carter Center monitored the constitution-making process and developments related to the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for subsequent elections.
July 8, 2014
Carter Center and Partners to Release Findings on Women and Access to Information in Liberia
The Ministry of Gender and Development, the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, and the Women's NGO Secretariat (WONGOSOL), working with the Access to Information Project of The Carter Center, will release the study "Women and the Right of Access to Information in Liberia."
June 30, 2014
Carter Center Praises Spirit of Compromise In Nepal But Calls for Renewed Political Support for Constituent Assembly (नेपालीमा पढ्नुहोस)
Based on a recent field assessment, The Carter Center reports that while Nepal's second constituent assembly has made commendable progress to prepare a new constitution in a spirit of compromise, many Nepalis are concerned about the slow pace of the process to date, a perceived lack of engagement by senior political leaders on contentious issues, and the persistence of long-term risks to the credibility of the political process.
June 30, 2014
Carter Center Auction Raises $1.5 Million for Peace and Health Programs
The annual Carter Center Weekend auction held June 27-28 in Vail, Colo., raised more than $1.5 million to benefit the not-for-profit Center's work to advance peace and health worldwide.
June 24, 2014
Carter Center Urges National Dialogue in Libya, Respect for Democratic Process (عربي)
As violence and instability continue to dominate the political scene in Libya, The Carter Center urges all stakeholders to cease hostilities, engage in comprehensive dialogue, and recommit to the democratic process.
June 9, 2014
Carter Center Appoints New Members to Board of Councilors
The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization advancing peace and health worldwide, recently appointed 19 new members to the Board of Councilors, bringing its total membership to 206. The Board of Councilors is a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding of The Carter Center and its activities among opinion leaders and the broader community. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and staff give updates about the Center's activities to board members throughout the year.
June 3, 2014
Auction of Original Jimmy Carter Art and Woodwork to Benefit Carter Center
A coffee table crafted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter from preserved antique oak flooring from his hometown of Plains, Ga., is among more than 150 items to be auctioned June 28, 2014, to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Funds raised will support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries. President and Mrs. Carter will join friends and supporters for the auction and other activities during a four-day recreational retreat June 25-29, 2014, in Vail. Colo.
June 2, 2014
Carter Center Statement on the Reappointment of Magistrates to Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council
In view of the reelection of magistrates to the Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) announced by media outlets last month, The Carter Center, which is committed to the welfare of the Nicaraguan people and to the legitimacy and vitality of democracy and human rights in Nicaragua, hereby publicly expresses its concern over this decision, which is a significant lost opportunity for this country to strengthen its battered electoral institutions.
May 22, 2014
Carter Center Releases Final Report on Venezuela's April 2013 Presidential Elections (En español)
The Carter Center today released the final report of the study mission that was deployed to Venezuela for the April 14, 2013, presidential elections. The report provides an extensive study of both election day as well as the pre- and post-election periods, including the results of the post-electoral audit process of the electoral system and the challenges to election results presented by the opposition.
May 16, 2014
Carter Center Expresses Concern about the State of Egypt's Political Transition (عربي)
The Carter Center is concerned about the restrictive political and legal context surrounding Egypt's electoral process, the lack of a genuinely competitive campaign environment, and the deep political polarization that threatens the country's transition as May 26-27 presidential elections quickly approach.
May 16, 2014
Carter Center, Lions Clubs International Foundation Announce Expanded Partnership to Pursue Elimination of Blinding Trachoma and River Blindness in Four African Countries
During a ceremony held at the Carter Center's headquarters on May 15, 2014, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Lions Clubs International Foundation Chairperson Wayne Madden announced a US $8.8 million expansion of the Lions-Carter Center SightFirst Initiative to end suffering from major causes of preventable blindness in Ethiopia, Uganda, Mali, and Niger.
May 5, 2014
Carter Center and Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Panama Election
In light of the historical interest of Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Panama's democracy and well-being, The Carter Center and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter closely followed the electoral process and sent a small, high-level delegation to the May 4 general elections. The delegation aimed to promote and encourage the authorities and political and social actors to carry out a credible electoral process based on respect for the rule of law and democratic institutions, and did not constitute an election observation mission.
April 30, 2014
Carter Center Sends High-Level Delegation to Panama Elections (En español)
At the invitation of the Panamanian Electoral Tribunal, The Carter Center will send a small high-level delegation to the May 4 national elections in Panama. The delegation will be led by two members of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, former Colombia President Andrés Pastrana and former foreign minister of Mexico Jorge Castañeda, and will include Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Americas Program at The Carter Center; Marcelo Varela-Erasheva, the program's associate director; Ana Caridad, a program associate; and electoral expert Ricardo Valverde.
April 24, 2014
The Carter Center Deploys Expert Mission to Assess Egypt's Presidential Election Process (عربي)
The Carter Center deployed a team of electoral experts to assess the process surrounding upcoming presidential elections in Egypt, including the ongoing legal and political context.
April 22, 2014
The Carter Center Commends Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly for Electoral Reforms; Urges further Improvements in Draft Legislation (En français) (عربي)
The Carter Center commends Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly for its efforts to advance electoral reform. The draft legislation under consideration in the assembly makes improvements in Tunisia's legal framework for voter registration and media and campaign finance regulation for the anticipated 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections.
April 14, 2014
Carter Center Statement of Condolence on the Passing of His Eminence Sheikh Omar Ahmed Tijani Niass
The Carter Center expresses sincere condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and all Tijaniyya Muslims on the passing of His Eminence Sheikh Omar Ahmed Tijani Niass.
April 10, 2014
Carter Center Statement on Venezuela (En español)
The Carter Center applauds the effort to open a channel of communication between the government and opposition sectors, facilitated by representatives of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Vatican. Communication with respect, transparency, and third-party facilitation is the appropriate route to begin to address the current crisis and the underlying issues dividing the society. Without engagement of the parties in conflict, Venezuela risks an escalation of violence and ingovernability with unpredictable consequences.
April 10, 2014
The Carter Center Welcomes Human Rights Protections in Tunisia's New Constitution; Calls for Immediate Steps to Implement (En français) (عربي)
The Carter Center released today a statement tracing the evolution of key issues in the text of Tunisia's constitution and highlighting elements, including measures to protect citizens from discrimination, provide security of tenure for judges, and safeguard fundamental freedoms during a state of emergency, which should be strengthened. Tunisian authorities should take legislative action to address these concerns.
April 7, 2014
Carter Center Appoints Kelly Callahan as Director of Trachoma Control Program
The Carter Center announces today the appointment of Ms. Kelly Callahan, M.P.H., as the director of the Center's Trachoma Control Program, effective April 14, 2014.
April 1, 2014
Carter Center Appoints New Chief Executive Officer
The Carter Center Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Ambassador Mary Ann Peters as chief executive officer of The Carter Center, effective Sept. 2, 2014.
March 24, 2014
President Carter Begins Nationwide Media Tour for his Book "A Call To Action"
Tune in to the media appearances to hear President Carter discuss his new book, "A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power."
March 24, 2014
Carter Center to Host Women's Rights Twitter Chat with Human Rights Activists and The Young Turks Co-Host Ana Kasparian
On March 27, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT, Carter Center Senior Adviser for Human Rights Karin Ryan and The Young Turks Co-Host and Producer Ana Kasparian will host a Twitter chat on women's rights with human rights activists and the general public following the release of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's new book on these issues, "A Call to Action."
March 12, 2014
Carter Center Urges Dialogue and Constitutional Change to Strengthen Democratic Governance in
The Carter Center encourages Egyptians to initiate an inclusive political dialogue and to consider future amendments to the constitution to strengthen the core principles of democratic governance and bring the constitution better into alignment with Egypt's international political and human rights obligations.
Feb. 28, 2014
The Carter Center Reports That Public Perception of Local Governance in Nepal Has Improved; Undue Influence of Political Parties Continues (नेपालीमा पढ्नुहोस)
In a report released today, The Carter Center reports that public perception of local governance has improved over the past year. However, mismanagement of local-level budgets and the persistent role of political parties in influencing local development priorities remain, posing a significant challenge to local development and governance.
Feb. 28, 2014
123 Mental Health Clinicians Promoting Mental Health in Communities Across Liberia
The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, congratulates the newest, sixth class of 23 clinicians who will help continue to improve access to much needed mental health services in Liberia. These graduates join 100 previously trained and credentialed local mental health clinicians practicing in all 15 counties in Liberia, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals.
Feb. 27, 2014
Clarification From The Carter Center on Sudan Activities
The Carter Center's long-standing support for the people of Sudan will continue through activities to advance peace, democracy, and health. The Carter Center's Health Program office continues to operate as it undertakes health promotion and disease prevention projects.
Feb. 20, 2014
Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter Statement on the Situation in Venezuela (En español)
The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter repudiate the events that occurred during and after the peaceful demonstrations by student organizations on Feb. 12, 2014, in Venezuela. The group laments the loss of life and the wounded, and expresses its strong condemnation of the detention of more than 100 students, some of whom reported violations of their physical integrity.
Feb. 18, 2014
Applications Being Accepted for the 2014-2015 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.
Feb. 16, 2014
Carter Center Urges Intensified Voter Education and Security Coordination Ahead of Libya's Elections(عربي)
The Carter Center is conducting a small expert mission in Libya to assess the legal framework, key issues related to the administration and preparation of elections, and the overall political environment ahead of Feb. 20 elections for the Constitutional Drafting Assembly. These elections represent an important stage in the country's transition to democracy.
Feb. 11, 2104
Carter Center Urges Tunisia to Continue Work Toward Democratic Goals (En français) (عربي)
The Carter Center encourages Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly and new electoral management body, the High Authority for the Elections (ISIE), to carefully consider next steps as they work toward democratic goals.
Jan. 29, 2014
The Carter Center Commends Tunisian Assembly on Historic Achievement (En français) (عربي)
The Carter Center congratulates Tunisian National Constituent Assembly members and the Tunisian people on the promulgation of its new constitution.
Jan. 23, 2014
The Carter Center and Government of Sweden Partner to Improve Access to Justice in Liberia
In December 2013, The Carter Center and the Government of Sweden entered into a partnership through the Embassy of Sweden in Liberia to improve access to justice in Liberia. The Swedish support will amount to approximately 7.5 million USD over a three-year period. The agreement will support the Carter Center's efforts to make justice more accessible for underserved rural populations, including women and youth, and to strengthen community-based dispute resolution for customary leaders.
Jan. 22, 2104
Carter Center Statement on Panama Electoral Process
At the invitation of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, The Carter Center and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter sent a delegation Jan. 14-18 to learn about the electoral conditions leading up to the May 4 national elections.
Jan. 18, 2014
Carter Center Commends Peaceful Release of Madagascar Final Election Results; Urges Commitment to Reconciliation (En français)
Following today's announcement of final presidential election results, The Carter Center congratulates the people of Madagascar on reaching this key milestone and urges continued commitment to peace and reconciliation.
Jan. 16, 2014
CARTER CENTER: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide (En français)
The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013. These provisional numbers, reported by ministries of health in the remaining four endemic nations and compiled by the Center, show that cases of the debilitating disease were reduced by 73 percent in 2013 compared to 542 cases in 2012. When the Center began leading the first international campaign to eradicate a parasitic disease, there were an estimated 3.5 million Guinea worm cases occurring annually in Africa and Asia.
Jan. 13, 2014
Tunisia: Improve Guarantees for Judicial Independence (En français) (عربي)
As Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly (NCA) prepares to discuss the chapter on the judicial powers in a new constitution, Al Bawsala, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and The Carter Center urge members to strengthen guarantees for judicial independence.
Jan. 10, 2014
The Carter Center Commends Milestone in Establishing Tunisian Election Commission (En français) (عربي)
The Carter Center congratulates the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly and incoming election commissioners on their election to the new Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections (ISIE). The Center welcomes the establishment of the permanent election management body, a major milestone toward credible national elections following the adoption of the constitution.
Jan. 9, 2014
Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Dr. Robert Pastor
President and Mrs. Carter express condolences on the passing of Dr. Robert Pastor. Because of his vision, boundless energy, and political skill, the Western Hemisphere is more democratic and developed today.
Jan. 6, 2014
Carter Center Urges Inclusive Constitutional Reform Process and Increased Political Space Ahead of Egypt's Referendum (عربي)
On Jan. 14-15, Egyptians will go to the polls to vote on constitutional arrangements for the third time in less than three years. While The Carter Center supports the strong desire of Egyptians to move forward with a transition to an elected civilian government, the Center is deeply concerned about the polarized environment and the narrowed political space surrounding the upcoming referendum, as well as the lack of an inclusive process for drafting and publicly debating the draft constitution.
Jan. 3, 2014
Tunisia: Strengthen New Constitution's Human Rights Protection, Guarantee Equality for All, Affirm International Law Obligations (En français) (عربي)
Tunisia should bring its nearly completed draft constitution in line with international human rights standards and the country's obligations under international law, four human rights organizations said today. The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) will begin voting on the constitution article by article on Jan. 3, 2014.