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New Carter Center Field Office in Ramallah to Support Palestinian Democracy and Human Rights

4 May 2007




In Ramallah: Scott Custer 972-54-735-9181

In Atlanta: Deborah Hakes (404) 420-5124


The Carter Center is reinvigorating its presence in the Palestinian Territories in support of peace for Israel, justice for the Palestinians, and the emergence of a viable, democratic Palestinian state.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center have long been committed to peace between Israel and the Palestinian people and the advancement of democracy and human rights in Palestine. With strong support from President Carter, the Center will maintain a field presence to closely monitor political developments on the ground, publish periodic reports on critical issues of democratic development in the territories, and work with local partners on human rights and democracy activities.

President Carter led missions to observe Palestinian elections held in 1996, 2005, and 2006.

The Carter Center is also pleased to welcome Scott Custer, formerly with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, as the field director of the Ramallah office. 




"Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope."

The Carter Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2007. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 65 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in developing nations to increase crop production. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. Please visit to learn more about The Carter Center.


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