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Press Release Archive: 2016

Carter Center Works to Help Bring Peace to Sudan

The Carter Center, the impartial nongovernmental organization led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, held meetings earlier this month with key members of the Sudanese government, civil society, and opposition. Learn more »

Carter Center to Meet with Key Sudan Stakeholders to Discuss Peace

The Carter Center, the impartial non-governmental organization founded and led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, plans to hold three meetings in the coming days with a group of international experts and key Sudanese stakeholders to discuss possibilities for peace in Sudan. Learn more »

The Carter Center Encourages Greater Civil Society Engagement in Upcoming Human Rights Consultations

The Carter Center commends the decision by the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Authorities, Civil Society and Human Rights to launch public consultations in preparation for the Tunisia’s first periodic report to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since the passage of the new constitution in 2014. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Fidel Castro

Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. Learn more »

Carter Center and European Union Launch Freedom of Information Certificate Program for Liberian Officials

The Carter Center, with financial support from the European Union and other donors, has launched a certificate program to build the capacity of 90 government officials to implement the 2010 Freedom of Information Act. Learn more »

Statement From Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

On behalf of the staff of The Carter Center, we extend our congratulations to Bill and Melinda Gates on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom Learn more »

32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Focuses on Shift Toward Integrated Care and Population Health

More than 140 health and corporate wellness leaders will come together Nov. 17-18 to discuss ways to improve mental health and well-being by addressing behavioral health within defined populations such as communities, organizations, and other groups. Learn more »

The Carter Center Celebrates Assisting 500 Million Doses against Diseases in 14 Countries

The health programs of The Carter Center have surpassed a major milestone: The organization on Nov. 4 celebrated assisting with the distribution of 500 million doses of donated medication to combat five neglected tropical diseases in 14 countries in Africa and Latin America. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on the Integrity of U.S. Elections

Recent claims about rigging of U.S. elections are unfounded and irresponsible. Based on our knowledge of the electoral system in the United States and of the many independent analyses of U.S. polling processes, The Carter Center has great confidence in the overall administrative integrity of U.S. elections. Checks and balances within our electoral system exist to protect it against manipulation. These include processes and checks before and after election day to ensure the integrity of the election process, such as pre-election testing of voting technology and postelection audits that take place in some states; the widespread presence of agents from both parties in polling stations; and the broad access to election results given to the media and the public, enabling transparent reviews of the election results. The American electoral process also benefits from the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of poll workers and election officials, who represent both parties and ensure the integrity of the voting and counting process. Learn more »

Carter Center Congratulates President Juan Manuel Santos on Nobel Peace Prize

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos on receiving the 2016 Nobel Prize for Peace. The peace prize is a testament to the unfaltering commitment of President Santos to bring a 52-year conflict to an end in Colombia. Learn more »

Carter Center Refutes Allegations in Al Akhbar Article

An article published in Al Akhbar, a Moroccan newspaper, on Sept. 21, makes false allegations against Moroccan preacher Oustada Naima Ben Yaich, who was a participant in a Carter Center workshop earlier in the month. The Carter Center strongly refutes the false allegations in the article entitled, “The preacher Ben Yaich incites international jurists against Moroccan Security Services in a Countering Daesh workshop in Switzerland.” Learn more »

Guatemala Becomes Fourth Nation in Americas to Eliminate River Blindness

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center congratulate President Jimmy Morales and the people of Guatemala for eliminating onchocerciasis (river blindness) in the nation, as verified recently by the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn more »

Carter Center Calls for Improvements in Electoral Legislation, and for Municipal and Regional Elections

The Carter Center urges the Assembly of the Representatives of the People to move quickly to adopt key amendments to the draft electoral law so that municipal and regional elections can be held as soon as possible. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on Colombia Peace Accord

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Colombia on this historic day, which opens the door to peace after a 50-year civil war. Learn more »

Carter Center Expresses Deep Concern about Zambia’s 2016 Electoral Process and Democratic Institutions

The Carter Center is deeply concerned about key aspects of the 2016 Zambian electoral process in both the pre- and post-electoral period, especially the failure of Zambia’s institutions to provide a level playing field prior to election day and adequate due process to ensure a fair hearing and effective remedy for electoral petitions filed following the polls. Unfortunately, this represents a significant step backward for Zambia. Learn more »

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Welcomes Middle Eastern Journalists

For the first time, journalists from Middle Eastern countries will participate in the annual meeting of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program held at The Carter Center each year. Fellows from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar join the 20th class of fellows in a journalism program which aims to reduce the stigma of those living with mental health conditions. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on Palestine Elections Postponement

The Carter Center hopes that today’s decision by the Palestinian High Court of Justice to postpone municipal elections in Gaza and the West Bank will not result in a long delay or the cancelling of these elections. Learn more »

Carter, Almagro Meet to Discuss Democracy and Human Rights in Western Hemisphere

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro met in Plains, Georgia, Thursday to exchange ideas on matters relating to democracy and human rights in the region. Learn more »

Uganda Announces Milestone in River Blindness Elimination Goal

Uganda has successfully freed 821,230 people, the largest number to be freed from river blindness globally based on the latest WHO guidelines. This has expedited the process of achieving its goal of eliminating river blindness (onchocerciasis) nationwide by 2020. At its peak, the vector-transmitted parasitic worm caused eye and skin disease in 37 districts in Uganda, with about 6.7 million people at risk. Learn more »

Children and Adolescents to Receive Additional Tailored Mental Health Services in Liberia

The Carter Center has partnered with the UBS Optimus Foundation to improve the well-being of vulnerable youth in Liberia by tailoring and strengthening the national mental health care system to address the unique needs of children and adolescents. Learn more »

Carter Center Congratulates Colombia on Historic Peace Accord

The Carter Center congratulates the people of Colombia on the historic agreement announced today that will bring an end to a 50-year civil war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP). Learn more »

Carter Center and Manusher Jonno Foundation Release Recommendations on Improving Gender Equity in Access to Information in Bangladesh

Women in Bangladesh cannot access government information as easily as can men, according to a new study conducted by The Carter Center in collaboration with the Manusher Jonno Foundation, and with the support of the Information Commission of Bangladesh. Learn more »

Carter Center Issues Final Election Report from Myanmar

The Carter Center today released the final report of its assessment of the Nov. 8, 2015, general elections in Myanmar. Learn more »

Carter Center Releases Preliminary Election Statement from Zambia

The Carter Center expresses concerns regarding pre-election environment and urges patience while results come in. Learn more »

Carter Center Launches Webpage on Election Observation in the United States

The Carter Center, with partners at the National Conference of State Legislatures, today launched a webpage on election observation in the United States. The page houses research that examines access and current regulations for election observers in each of the 50 states, including a state-by-state breakdown of access and accreditation for different types of observers. Learn more »

Documentary Screening “Requiem for a Running Back” at The Carter Center

The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program invites the media to a screening of the documentary “Requiem for a Running Back,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on the issues and stigma associated with the disease and the toll it takes on caregivers. Learn more »

Carter Center Helps Liberia Provide Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Services

Twenty-one clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today in Monrovia, Liberia, from a training developed by The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn more »

Carter Center Convenes the Africa-China-United States Consultation for Peace in Lome, Togo

The Carter Center convened its third Africa-China-United States Consultation for Peace and Development in Lome, Togo on July 27-28, 2016 Learn more »

The Carter Center and Noor Dubai Foundation Announce New Partnership to Accelerate Elimination of Blinding Trachoma in Ethiopia

The Carter Center and Noor Dubai Foundation have announced a new four-year partnership to accelerate efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma in Ethiopia by 2020. Ethiopia has the highest known burden of trachoma in the world, with an estimated minimum of 67 million Ethiopians at risk of disease. Learn more »

Carter Center Launches Limited Election Mission to Zambia

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Carter Center has launched a limited international election observation mission for Zambia’s Aug. 11 elections and national referendum on the Bill of Rights. Learn more »

President Carter Receives Lui Che Woo Prize for Positive Energy

President Carter was awarded the Lui Che Woo Prize for Positive Energy for all the good work that he and The Carter Center have done, which has contributed significantly to the promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy in the world. Learn more »

Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter Statement on California Referendum on Death Penalty

We strongly support the "Justice That Works Act" that will appear on the November ballot in the state of California. Learn more »

Carter Center Issues Assessment of Liberia’s Pre-Election Environment

In advance of 2017’s key national elections, The Carter Center today released an assessment of the pre-election environment that includes recommendations to help Liberia continue to strengthen its democracy. Learn more »

The Carter Center Awards 2016-2017 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2016-2017 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the 20th annual class of fellows includes eight from the United States. Two fellowships also were awarded to journalists from Colombia. Learn more »

Carter Center Pre-Election Assessment Team Headed to Liberia

A Carter Center pre-election assessment team will travel to Liberia next week, following up an earlier visit in April. The team will evaluate the pre-election environment and status of technical preparations in advance of legislative elections scheduled for October 2017. Learn more »

UAE Previews ‘Countdown to Zero’ Exhibition

HE Dr. Maha Barakat, Director General of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi and HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, inaugurated a preview of the exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease at Yas Mall on Monday. Learn more »

Carter Center Auction Raises more than $3.7 Million

The annual auction at this year’s Carter Center Weekend, which took place June 22-26 in Annapolis, Maryland, brought in a record-setting $3,724,000 — more than twice the amount raised at any previous auction. Learn more »

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Expands to Qatar

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has partnered with the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) global healthcare community initiative to develop and implement a Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF) program in Qatar. The RCJF Qatar program will be the second mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East. The first one began in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in May 2016. Learn more »

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 »

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 »

Carter Center Calls for Action by Tunisia Parliament to Reinforce the Judiciary and Accelerate Electoral Preparations

It has been a little more than a year since Tunisia’s Assembly of the Representatives of the People took up its work. The Carter Center commends the ARP for the important strides it has made in consolidating the rule of law — through the timely implementation of the Provisional Authority for the Control of the Constitutionality of Draft Laws — and for adopting legislation creating the Constitutional Court. 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 »

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