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Press Release Archive: 2005

Statement on the Eve of the Bolivian Elections from The Carter Center (English and Spanish)

On Sunday, December 18, 2005, the citizens of Bolivia will participate in important elections for a new president, vice president, representatives to the legislature, and prefects. In their recent democratic history, Bolivians have always found constitutional means of reconciling their differences, and this election is a demonstration of their continued commitment to democratic processes established in the Bolivian constitution. Learn more »

2005 Liberian National Elections: Carter Center/NDI Interim Post-Election Statement

The Nov. 10 preliminary statement issued by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) / Carter Center international observer delegation provided a generally positive overall assessment of the process up to that point. Learn more »

ABC-TV Mental Illness Documentary Features Carter Center Experts

An intimate, inside look at living with a mental illness, the newest National Council of Churches USA-sponsored television documentary, will begin airing on ABC affiliates across the country on Dec. 4. Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness examines how individuals and their families find their way through a tangle of mental, medical, governmental, societal and spiritual issues. Learn more »

Carter Center Recognizes Delta Air Lines for Decades of Support

In recognition of Delta's support for The Carter Center and its initiatives, President and Mrs. Carter dedicated the lobby of the Center's Ivan Allen III Pavilion to Delta Air Lines during a ceremony Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at The Carter Center. Learn more »

Liberian Presidential Runoff Election: Preliminary Statement of the NDI/Carter Center International Observer Delegation, Nov. 10, 2005

This statement is offered by the 28-member multinational delegation jointly organized by NDI and The Carter Center. The delegation was co-led by His Excellency Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former Vice-President of the Republic of Nigeria; Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, NDI's Senior Associate for Africa; and Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Democracy Program at The Carter Center. The delegation included elected officials, electoral and human rights experts, regional specialists and political and civic leaders from Africa, Europe and North America. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on the Situation in Ethiopia

The Carter Center expresses its alarm at the outbreak of violence in Ethiopia rooted in the ongoing dispute over the May 2005 elections. We send condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives, and urge that every effort be made to avoid further death and injury. Learn more »

Nov. 8 Liberia Presidential Run-Off Election: Carter Center/National Democratic Institute Observation Delegation Arrival Statement

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced the arrival of their delegation to observe the November 8 presidential run-off election in Liberia. Learn more »

Award Lauds Rosalynn Carter as Mental Health Champion

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a tireless advocate for improved access to mental health services, is the recipient of the 2005 Aetna Voice of Conscience Award, honoring her commitment to improving the lives of people around the world. Learn more »

Jimmy Carter, Carter Center Endorse International Election Observation Declaration

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, founder of The Carter Center, joined National Democratic Institute Chairman and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Oct. 27, 2005, to unveil a Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation. Learn more »

Behavioral Health Care Gap is Focus of Carter Center Symposium

A critical chasm is developing between major medical research advances and applying those breakthroughs to the treatment of people with mental illnesses and addictive disorders. Learn more »

National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Issue Preliminary Statement on 2005 Liberia Elections

A joint National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Carter Center delegation today issued its preliminary statement on the October 11 presidential and legislative elections in Liberia. Learn more »

Election Day in Liberia: Multinational Delegation Observes Country-Wide Balloting

After a generation of civil war and instability, Liberia's citizens flocked to the polls Oct. 11, 2005, to vote in what could be the first genuine democratic elections in Liberia in almost two decades. The ballot included 22 presidential candidates and hundreds of contestants for the 94 seats in Liberia's Senate and House of Representatives. Learn more »

The Carter Center Appoints Directors for Elections Programs

The Carter Center has appointed directors for its Democracy Program and China Elections Program. Dr. David Carroll, formerly interim director of the Democracy Program, has been appointed director of the Democracy Program Learn more »

Arrival Statement by the National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Observer Delegation to the 2005 Liberia Elections

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced the arrival of their delegation to observe the October 11 presidential and legislative elections in Liberia. Learn more »

Liberia Elections: Read Pre-Election Statement, Election Watch Reports

A Carter Center staff team conducted an assessment Aug. 11-17, 2005, of electoral conditions at the start of the campaign for Liberia's Oct. 11 elections. The team found that despite enormous logistical challenges and post-conflict conditions, electoral preparedness appears good at this juncture and the prospects for a competitive election seem high. Learn more »

Fight Against Trachoma: President Carter, Ethiopia Ministry of Health Issue Urgent Call to Action

A remote Ethiopian village had cause for celebration today, as Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, senior officials from The Carter Center, and Ethiopia Minister of Health Dr. Kebede Tadesse made a historic visit to commend the efforts of the Amhara Region to prevent trachoma, a painful and debilitating disease that causes blindness. Learn more »

Final Statement on The Carter Center Observation of the Ethiopia 2005 National Elections, September 2005

The Carter Center was pleased to accept the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to observe the 2005 parliamentary elections in Ethiopia. The May 15 elections were for 524 of the country's 547 constituency-based seats in the national parliament. The remaining 23 seats in the Somali region were elected separately in votes held on August 21. Learn more »

Mental Health Agency Deploys Carter Center Program Director, Team for Hurricane Katrina Assistance

Carter Center Mental Health Program Director Thom Bornemann has joined a special disaster assistance team organized by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and deployed September 12 to Houston to provide urgently needed support. Learn more »

Statement of The NDI/Carter Center Pre-Election Delegation to Liberia's 2005 Elections

This statement is offered by an international pre-election delegation to Liberia, organized jointly by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center. From September 1 through 9, 2005, the delegation assessed the political environment in Liberia in advance of the October 11 presidential and legislative elections. Learn more »

President Carter Visits Africa, Urges Leaders to Intensify Global Health Promotion

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will call international attention to global health needs among impoverished communities in Mali, Nigeria, and Ethiopia when he leads a delegation including his wife, Rosalynn, senior level Carter Center officials including Board of Trustee Chairman John Moores and Executive Director Dr. John Hardman, and Emory University President Dr. James Wagner to Africa on Sept. 9-15. Learn more »

Liberia Elections: President Carter Calls for Clean Campaign

The Carter Center’s Liberia Election Observation Project called for fair and honest campaigning for the Oct. 11, 2005, Liberian presidential and legislative elections, as the official campaign period begins today. Learn more »

Statement by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Dr. John Garang

My colleagues and I at The Carter Center are deeply saddened by the death of Vice President Dr. John Garang, chairman of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement. John Garang was for millions in Africa and across the world a symbol of the struggle for peace and dignity, and his passing will be greatly mourned. Learn more »

Carter Center Observers Arrive in Liberia in Advance of October Elections

The Carter Center opened an office today on Mechlin Street in Monrovia to support its ongoing Liberia Election Observation Project, including the deployment of a team of long-term observers throughout the country to monitor electoral conditions in the run-up to the Oct. 11, 2005, presidential and legislative elections. Learn more »

Carter Center Awards 2005-2006 Mental Health Fellowships

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has named 10 recipients of its ninth annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including two from New Zealand and two from South Africa. Each domestic fellow will receive $10,000 to study and report on a particular issue within the mental health field for one year. International fellows will receive a comparable stipend. Learn more »

Conversations at The Carter Center 2005-2006: The New Season

An informative and innovative series of evening discussions, open to the public and to the media, is coming up at The Carter Center. This season's Conversations schedule is designed to increase awareness of national and global issues as they relate to our work. Distinguished panels consisting of Carter Center experts and special guests make presentations followed by question-and-answer periods with the audience. Learn more »

Comprehensive Report on Observing the Venezuela Presidential Recall Referendum, June 2002 - February 2005

With former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's visit to support the process of national dialogue in July 2002, The Carter Center began a two and a half year cycle of continuous activities in Venezuela. The Center's activities continued until August 2004, the date of the presidential recall referendum, and drew to a close in February 2005, with the monitoring of the post electoral environment. Learn more »

Carter Center Postelection Statement on the Ethiopia Elections, June 9, 2005

The Carter Center joins other members of the international community and Ethiopian citizens in expressing its deep alarm and sorrow at the violence, injuries, deaths, and violations of human rights that have occurred since 6 June in Addis Ababa and elsewhere in Ethiopia in the aftermath of the 15 May national elections. Learn more »

Promoting Human Rights and Human Security: Recommendations from The Carter Center and Human Rights First

The Carter Center and Human Rights First hosted the second conference in a series titled "Human Rights Defenders on the Frontlines of Freedom: Advancing Security and the Rule of Law," with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour as co-chairs, U.N. Special Representative for Human Rights Defenders Hina Jilani, human rights defenders from 14 nations, and representatives from major U.S. human rights organizations. Learn more »

Agenda of the 2005 Human Rights Defenders Conference

Human Rights Defenders on the Frontlines of Freedom: Advancing Security and the Rule of Law A conference in Atlanta, GA, June 6-7, 2005 Co-Sponsored by The Carter Center and Human Rights First Learn more »

Postelection Statement on Ethiopia Elections, June 3, 2005

The Carter Center's May 16 postelection statement, based on observations of the polling process in Addis Ababa and selected locations in eight regions, expressed some concerns and noted that for the first time in history the majority of Ethiopian voters were presented with choices when they went to the polls. Learn more »

Participant Bios for Human Rights Defenders Conference

Brief descriptions of participants in the Human Rights Defenders Conference. Learn more »

Human Rights Activists Conference to Focus on Rule of Law in War on Terrorism

Human rights activists are often the first to sound the alarm bell on crises that escalate into conflict and even genocide, and they increasingly find themselves under attack from extremists and silenced by repressive regimes whose actions are overlooked because of their cooperation in the war on terrorism. Learn more »

Ethiopia Elections: Jimmy Carter Trip Report, Postelection Statement

Because election results are still being compiled, The Carter Center can only offer a preliminary statement. A more comprehensive final election report will be published after final results are announced. Learn more »

Georgia Mental Health Forum: Move to Managed Care for Medicaid to be Examined

Soon, Georgians will receive Medicaid services through managed care programs, and Atlantans will be among the first in the state to experience these changes. Learn more »

Global and National Trends Affecting the Protection of Human Rights: Discussion Document

This represents a summary of major issues discussed by participants in the Human Rights Defender Policy Forum organized by The Carter Center and Human Rights First in Atlanta. It is not an exhaustive review of the discussions, nor does it necessarily represent the views of any of the individual participants in the meeting or the organizations they represent. A full report of the meeting will be issued later this year. Learn more »

World Press Day Event: Discussion on Investigative Journalism and Awards Ceremony

Is investigative journalism thriving in Jamaica? How can Jamaican journalists defend and promote freedom of expression? These questions and other issues related to the Access to Information Act and the new draft Code of Conduct for Journalists will be addressed in a panel discussion Tuesday, May 3, at the Knutsford Court Hotel 5:30-8:30 p.m. Learn more »

Mental Health Month: Center Joins National Observance During May

Throughout May, The Carter Center will join organizations and individuals across the United States in observance of Mental Health Month, sponsored by The National Mental Health Association. With the theme "Mind Your Health," Mental Health Month will encourage people to care for their minds as well as their bodies as part of maintaining good overall health. Learn more »

Rosalynn Carter Discusses Carter Center, White House Years In PBS Interview

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will be the featured guest on Scully: The World Show, hosted by Robert Scully, airing on PBS affiliates nationwide during May (air date/time varies, check local listings). Learn more »

Ecuadorian Crisis: A Statement by The Carter Center

The Carter Center views with concern the political crisis of the past four months, culminating in the removal of the Ecuadorian president yesterday. The Center urges calm to allow the restoration of a normal constitutional situation, including re-establishing the Supreme Court. Learn more »

Carter Center to Observe 2005 Ethiopian Elections

The Carter Center, invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and welcomed by the National Election Board, will observe Ethiopia's national elections May 15. The 50-member delegation will be led by: former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; his wife, Rosalynn; former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Joni Masire; former Tanzania Prime Minister Judge Joseph Warioba; and Carter Center Executive Director John Hardman. Learn more »

Guinea Worm Eradication Program Gets $25 Million Challenge Grant From Gates Foundation

ACCRA, GHANA…The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged US$25 million to the Carter Center's fight to eradicate the remaining cases of Guinea worm disease worldwide. The grant includes an initial $5 million contribution and challenges other donors to provide an additional $20 million, of which of the Gates Foundation will match one-to-one. Already, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation have responded to the challenge by pledging $5 million and $1 million, respectively, joining with the Center and the Gates Foundation to help make Guinea worm the first parasitic disease to be eradicated. Learn more »

The Carter Center Appoints River Blindness Program Director

Atlanta....Frank O. Richards, Jr., M.D., has returned to The Carter Center after retiring from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March 2005. He returns as technical director for the River Blindness Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program. Dr. Richards was seconded from CDC to the Center in 1996 with the launching of the River Blindness Program (onchocerciasis) and served as its technical director until 2002. Learn more »

A Statement In Support of Bolivian Democracy From Jimmy Carter

I have watched with concern the increasing tension in Bolivia culminating two days ago in the resignation letter of President Mesa. Over the past 17 months, Bolivia has faced difficult choices on a variety of issues, and these will not be solved simply with a change in the government. Learn more »

Juvenile Death Penalty: Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Roper vs. Simmons

ATLANTA....Rosalynn and I are pleased to see that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled today that executing juvenile offenders is cruel and unusual punishment. With this ruling, the United States acknowledges the national trend against juvenile capital punishment and joins the community of nations, which uniformly renounces this practice. Learn more »

Venezuela: Carter Center Statement on Completion of Caracas Visit by Jennifer McCoy (English and Spanish)

After two and a half years of continuous activities in Venezuela, today The Carter Center ends an extensive cycle of work in the country. This cycle, beginning in July 2002 with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's visit to support the process of national dialogue, continued until August 2004, the date of the presidential recall referendum, and drew to a close in recent months with the monitoring of the post electoral environment. Learn more »

Live Conversations Webcast to Examine 'The State of World Conflict'

ATLANTA…International experts will discuss the state of world conflict in a live webcast on as part of the Conversations at The Carter Center series on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more »

Winter Weekend' Auction Raises $875,036 for Center's Peace, Health Initiatives

Snowbird, Utah....The Carter Center's 13th annual "Winter Weekend" live and silent auctions held Feb.12 in Snowbird, Utah, raised $875,036 to help support the Center's work to advance peace and health worldwide. The silent auction raised a record $42,936.55, with more online bidders winning valuable collectibles than ever before. Learn more »

Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Flooding in Guyana

ATLANTA....Americans showed unprecedented compassion and generosity in response to the Asian tsunami disaster. Once again tragedy has struck, this time in Guyana, a small country on the northern coast of South America, where The Carter Center has supported political, social, and economic development since 1991. Learn more »

The Carter Center Appoints Trachoma Control Program Director

Paul Emerson, Ph.D., joins The Carter Center as technical director of its Trachoma Control Program, a program dedicated to prevention of unnecessary blindness caused by a bacterial infection. Learn more »

Postelection Statement of The Carter Center on the Mozambique Elections, Jan. 26, 2005

The Carter Center recognizes the overall results and congratulates the elected Frelimo President Armando Emílio Guebuza. However, the Center concludes the National Elections Commission (CNE) has not administered a fair and transparent election in all parts of Mozambique. Political parties must also be held accountable since it is their representatives in the CNE and the Technical Secretariat for Election Administration (STAE) who are responsible for the overall success or failure of the elections. Learn more »

Jimmy Carter Calls on Western Hemisphere to Strengthen OAS Democratic Charter

ATLANTA…Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called on countries in the Western Hemisphere to strengthen the OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter today in a keynote speech of the inaugural Lecture Series of the Americas at the Organization of American States in Washington. Learn more »

'Today' Show Features President Carter's Workshop, Creations for Winter Weekend Auction

PLAINS, Ga. -- President Carter opened up his workshop here Jan. 19 for an exclusive, up-close look at how he creates his historic paintings, woodwork, and wine - some of which are auctioned to raise funds for the Carter Center's global humanitarian efforts. Learn more »

Palestinian Presidential Election: Preliminary Statement of the NDI and Carter Center International Election Observer Delegation

The Carter Center partnered with the National Democratic Institute on a delegation to observe the Jan. 9, 2005, Palestine presidential election; both organizations observed the 1996 election of Yasser Arafat. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was co-leader of the delegation. Learn more »

Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Signing of Sudan Peace Accord

ATLANTA.....It is with great joy that I congratulate the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army on their peace accord signed today. The road to this agreement has been long and hard, but finally the people of Sudan have a chance to realize their great potential for a future of peace. Learn more »

Peace in Sudan: Center Continues Decades-Long Commitment to Alleviate Suffering

NAIROBI....The historic peace accord signed here today by the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army not only brings an end to Africa's longest running civil war, but also paves the way for final global eradication of Guinea worm disease Learn more »

Arrival Statement of the NDI and Carter Center Delegation to the 2005 Presidential Election of the Palestinian Authority

This Sunday, Jan. 9, the world will be watching as Palestinians choose their president. The success of this election, the recent local elections, as well as future votes at the local and parliamentary level, can lay the foundation for a Palestinian government that is open, accountable, and representative. To support this important process of democratic development, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) today announced the arrival of its delegation to observe the Jan. 9 election for president of the Palestinian Authority. Learn more »

Statement of Condolence to Tsunami Victims and Their Families

President and Mrs. Carter and the staff of The Carter Center extend condolences and deepest sympathies to the victims and their families of the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. President and Mrs. Carter have made a personal contribution to the relief effort and have sent letters of condolence to the embassies of the affected countries. They strongly encourage quick and generous assistance from governments and citizens around the world. Learn more »

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