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Press Release Archive: 2019

Carter Center Statement from the 2019 Human Rights Defenders Forum

The Carter Center is calling for global solidarity with activists facing increasingly violent retribution for their work to advance human rights and peace worldwide. The 12th meeting of the Human Rights Defenders Forum took place Oct. 12-15 and brought together activists from 28 countries. There was a special focus on attacks against female human rights defenders and peacemakers, who face even more severe violence than their male counterparts. Learn More

Carter Center Encourages Tunisia’s New Leadership to Prioritize Inclusive Approaches to Address Key Political and Economic Challenges

In a preliminary statement released today, The Carter Center commended the Tunisian people and its election administration on the successful completion of the 2019 electoral cycle and their deep commitment to the democratic process, which required them to cast ballots in three successive elections in less than a month. Learn More

Carter Center Condemns Killing of Mozambique Election Observer

The Carter Center condemns the murder of Anastacio Matavele, the head of a nonpartisan election observation organization in Mozambique, and calls for an immediate and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice. Learn More

Carter Center to Hold Forum on Defending Human Rights

Dozens of activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 28 countries will come together Oct. 12-15 for the Carter Center’s 12th Human Rights Defenders Forum, which this year focuses on “Building Solidarity toward Equality for All.” Learn More

Carter Center Report: New Parliamentarians Must Move Quickly to Strengthen Tunisia’s Democratic Institutions

In a preliminary statement released today, The Carter Center commended the Tunisian election administration for conducting a well-run parliamentary election and expressed concern about the low voter turnout and a perceived lack of public confidence in the institution of parliament to realize the goals of the 2011 revolution. Learn More

Statement from The Carter Center on President Carter’s Health

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall today at his home in Plains, Georgia, that required stitches above his brow. He said he feels fine and wanted everyone to know that he and Mrs. Carter are eager to be at Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 6-11, starting with the opening ceremony this evening. Learn More

Carter Center Short-Term Observers Arrive in Tunisia for Legislative Elections

Dozens of short-term observers arrived in Tunis this week to join the Carter Center’s international election observation mission for Tunisia's parliamentary election. Tana de Zulueta, a former member of Italy’s parliament, and Karen AbuZayd, a commissioner on the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, will co-lead the delegation of more than 90 observers. Learn More

Carter Center Challenges Donors to Help Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

The Carter Center Board of Trustees announced it is launching a $40 million fundraising campaign, including a $20 million Carter Center Challenge Fund, toward the eradication of Guinea worm disease, and Alwaleed Philanthropies, a global philanthropic foundation, said it would invest the first $1 million in matching support. Learn More

Mali Independent Observer Releases New Report on Implementation of the Peace Agreement

Despite recent progress in the demobilization of combatants from former armed groups, foot-dragging and lack of support from decision-makers is significantly delaying the implementation of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement, according to a new Carter Center report. Learn More

Despite Compressed Election Period, Carter Center Reports Organized, Effective Presidential Election in Tunisia

The Carter Center today released a preliminary statement about Tunisia’s Sept. 15 presidential election, which provided Tunisia with an opportunity to reinvigorate the country’s political transition, strengthen its democratic culture, and refocus on reforms that will improve the lives of its citizens. Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Announces Selection of Two Students from Northwestern University in Qatar

As part of a partnership with the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), The Carter Center announced today two new recipients of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program in Qatar. In 2018, The Carter Center joined with WISH to develop a program designed to train students at universities in Qatar about accurate and ethical reporting on mental illnesses. The two students, from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), add to the two students trained from the inaugural cohort last year. See below for the journalist names and project topics. Learn More

Carter Center Announces Latin American Recipients of Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center and the University of La Sabana, in association with the García Márquez Foundation, announces three new fellows for the 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Latin America. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Increased Transparency in Electoral Process, Praises Smooth Transition After Death of President

The Carter Center today released a pre-election statement offering an assessment of the pre-election period for Tunisia’s 2019 elections, which was marked by the death of President Beji Caïd Essebsi and the arrest of businessman and presidential candidate, Nabil Karoui. The statement looks at amendments to the electoral law as well as at voter registration and candidate nominations. It also offers preliminary recommendations to electoral stakeholders. Learn More

Southwest Georgia Forum to Address Unmet Mental Health Needs for Georgia’s Children to be Held Sept. 13 in Albany

The second of six regional School-Based Behavioral Health Forums across Georgia will convene at Albany State University on Sept. 13 (more details below). These forums – co-hosted by The Carter Center, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, and Voices for Georgia’s Children – assess the status of school-based behavioral health efforts in Georgia, identify and eliminate barriers to success, and encourage the adoption of national best practices. Learn More

Liberia’s Growing Mental Health Workforce Gives Greater Access for Youth and Young Adults Seeking Care

All 15 counties in Liberia now include representatives of the total of 342 mental health clinicians trained or supported by The Carter Center, with 120 specializing in the needs of children and adolescents. Learn More

Carter Center Deploys International Observation Mission to Assess Tunisia’s Electoral Process

The Carter Center has launched an election observation mission to observe the Sept. 15 presidential and Oct. 6 parliamentary elections in Tunisia. The Center has monitored several legislative and political processes during the country’s democratic transition following the revolution, starting with its observation of the 2011 National Constituent Assembly elections. The High Independent Authority for Elections (ISIE) has invited and accredited the Center to observe the national elections this year. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards Eight U.S. Journalists Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today eight U.S. recipients of the 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. The Center will train fellows on effective mental health reporting and support them as they report on a mental health topic of their choice. Learn More

Carter Center Auction Raises Over $4.2 Million

The nonprofit Carter Center raised more than $4.2 million at its annual Carter Center Weekend Auction and Retreat June 26-30 at Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia. All proceeds will benefit the Center’s ongoing efforts to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries. Learn More

Original Paintings and a Handcrafted Chest by Jimmy Carter Will be Auctioned to Benefit The Carter Center

Photographs of five U.S. presidents signed by each, original oil paintings and a handcrafted cedar chest by U.S. President Jimmy Carter are among more than 150 items to be auctioned on June 29 to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. 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 32 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 230. Learn More

Statement from The Carter Center

President Carter will not be teaching his Sunday school class tomorrow. Though he is progressing well, he underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from his recent hip replacement. He and his wife, Rosalynn, appreciate everyone's support and prayers and apologize for any inconvenience to those who traveled to hear his lesson. In their absence, Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., would love to welcome all visitors. Learn More

Health Update on Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

President Carter was released from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center today and will continue to recuperate at home. He will undergo physical therapy, as part of his recovery from hip replacement surgery. President Carter plans to teach Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church this weekend. Learn More

Mali Independent Observer Releases New Report on Implementation of the Peace Agreement

BAMAKO, MALI (May 14, 2019) — The Carter Center, which is serving as Independent Observer of the implementation of the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, emanating from the Algiers process, today released its fourth report on the state of implementation. The report warns of recent backsliding in the implementation process and highlights the major blockages impeding progress. It also focuses on the state of reconciliation and justice in Mali. Learn More

Statement from The Carter Center on President Carter's Health

While leaving to go turkey hunting this morning, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains, Georgia. He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia. His surgeon stated that the surgery was successful. His wife, Rosalynn, is with him. Learn More

Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address How to Improve Georgia’s Mental Health Care Systems, New State Funding, and Boosting Care for Older Adults

Recommendations on how to accelerate improvements in Georgia’s mental health system and meet the remaining obligations from the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice will be addressed during the 24th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 10, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center. Learn More

Haiti Celebrates Major Progress Against Malaria on World Malaria Day

This World Malaria Day, members of the global health community laud the dedication of thousands of Haitian health workers committed to accelerating efforts to eliminate malaria in Haiti. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of David Hamburg

Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. David Hamburg. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Analysis of Electoral Dispute Resolution in Kenya; Encourages Supreme Court to Clarify Threshold to Annul Election Results

The Carter Center today released a report analyzing the resolution of electoral disputes stemming from Kenya’s 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections, which found that lower courts faced significant challenges in assessing consistently whether alleged electoral violations were substantial enough to warrant annulment of election results. Learn More

Carter Center Holds Forum to Address Unmet Mental Health Needs for Georgia’s Children

The first of six regional School-Based Behavioral Health Forums across Georgia will convene at The Carter Center on April 15 (more details below). These forums – co-hosted by The Carter Center, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, and Voices for Georgia’s Children – will assess the status of school-based behavioral health efforts in those regions of Georgia, identify and eliminate barriers to success, and encourage the adoption of national best practices. During the April 15 event, panelists will focus on school-based behavioral health in the Atlanta metropolitan region and the anticipated release of new state funding to increase the number of mental health professionals in Georgia’s schools. Educators, parents, policy leaders, behavioral health experts and providers are encouraged to attend this public forum. Learn More

President Carter Issues Statement on BDS Act of 2019

In the past year, 26 states in the U.S. have adopted legislation to discourage support to the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” (BDS) campaign advocated by Palestinian activists. The campaign aims to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights. These laws apply to individuals and business entities, and prevent them from receiving U.S. government contracts. Courts in Kansas and Arizona have struck down anti-BDS laws, declaring them unconstitutional as they infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment to freedom of expression. Learn More

Carter Center Issues Statement on Guyana Political Situation

A Carter Center delegation led by Jason J. Carter, chairman of the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees, has been in Guyana this week meeting with key stakeholders to learn about the current challenges facing Guyana and to assess whether the Center could assist Guyanese going forward. Learn More

Carter Center Releases Legal Brief on Gender Quota in Kenya, Calls for Implementing Legislation and Resources

In advance of International Women’s Day on March 8, a Carter Center brief highlights the need for Kenya’s Parliament to take action to facilitate women’s active and effective participation in civic and political affairs. While Kenya’s 2010 Constitution introduced progressive provisions to support women’s inclusion in elected and appointed bodies, Parliament has failed to pass the necessary implementing legislation to ensure more balanced gender representation at the national level. Learn More

Mali Independent Observer Releases Third Report on Implementation of the Peace Agreement

The Carter Center, which is serving as Independent Observer of the implementation of the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, today released its third report on the state of implementation in 2018. Learn More

Applications Open for 2019-20 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. citizens and residents are now being accepted for eight one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health and substance use conditions and reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with these illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and the fellowship recipients will be announced Wednesday, July 17, 2019, on the Center's website. Learn More

Carter Center: Venezuelan Democracy at Critical Juncture

Venezuela is undergoing an historic moment as it attempts to reconcile deep political divisions that have undermined its democracy. The National Assembly that was freely elected in 2015, and subsequently disbanded by President Nicolas Maduro, has declared Juan Guaidó president of Venezuela through an interpretation of the presidential succession clause in the constitution approved in 1999 under President Hugo Chavez. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Venezuelans to Restore Legitimate Democratic Governance

The Carter Center expresses deep concern about the unfolding crisis in Venezuela and calls on all Venezuelans to work urgently toward a peaceful political solution with a clear road map to restore legitimate democratic governance. Learn More

Guinea Worm Wanes to 28 Cases Globally; Ethiopia, Mali Report Zero Human Cases

Just 28 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2018, down slightly from 30 cases reported in 2017. When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the Guinea Worm Eradication Program in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million human cases annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Learn More

Carter Center Asks DRC’s Political Leaders to Call on Supporters to Remain Peaceful, Pursue Challenges to Results through Courts

Because of discrepancies between the official preliminary election results in the DRC and the results reported by some domestic observers and parties, The Carter Center expresses concern about the potential for insecurity and conflict and asks all political leaders to call on their supporters to refrain from violence and to pursue any challenges to the election results through legal channels. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Symposium Marking 40 Years of U.S.-China Diplomatic Ties

Forty years after U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping ended three decades of estrangement between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, The Carter Center will convene a three-day symposium on Sino-American relations. Learn More

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Harold Brown

Harold Brown was one of the best-qualified and most effective defense secretaries who ever served our nation. He knew firsthand the price of war and why it was important to develop the conditions for peace. Learn More

Carter Center Calls for Patience and Urges Transparency in DRC Tabulation Process

As the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo await the preliminary results of the Dec. 30 election, The Carter Center calls on all stakeholders to remain patient while the tabulation of final results is completed and urges election officials to ensure that the process proceeds transparently. Learn More

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