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2021 Press Releases

Carter Center Calls on Democracy Summit Participants to Protect Human Rights Defenders

The Carter Center calls on participants in the Summit for Democracy to prioritize the protection of human rights defenders and voices of dissent as they face increased attacks throughout the world. Learn more »

Statement from President Carter on Sen. Bob Dole

Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Sen. Robert Dole. A true leader, Bob was willing to work across political parties to make progress on important issues. He showed that our differences need not divide us, but can foster effective answers to our nation’s most difficult problems. Learn more »

Carter Center Expert Mission Issues Preliminary Report on Venezuela’s Regional and Municipal Elections

The Carter Center today released the preliminary report from its international electoral expert mission on Venezuela’s regional and municipal elections. Learn more »

Five Messages for the Summit for Democracy

A group of pro-democracy institutions and organizations working globally to support human rights defenders, independent media, civil society, elections, and democratic transformations agreed to address these Five Messages to leading democracies on the occasion of the Summit for Democracy. We believe these issues are of key importance for advancing democracy worldwide. Learn more »

ASTMH: New Evidence that Mass Treatment with Ivermectin Has Halted Spread of River Blindness in Two Nigerian States; Separate Study Shows Drug’s Potential to Interrupt West Nile Virus Transmission in U.S.

New data indicate that mass treatment with ivermectin—a drug that was a workhorse of tropical medicine long before it emerged as a controversial COVID-19 treatment—has eliminated river blindness transmission in two states in Nigeria, the first Nigerian states to achieve this distinction in a country that has the world’s highest burden of the disease. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Max Cleland

Rosalynn and I join thousands of Americans in mourning the loss of our dear friend Max Cleland. A true American hero who was no stranger to sacrifice, Max gave of his talents in service as a Georgia state senator, secretary of state, head of the VA, and U.S. senator. We are grateful for his commitment to the citizens of the United States, but also for the personal role he played in our lives. We know his legacy of courage and dedication will serve as inspiration for generations to come. Learn more »

Carter Center Will Deploy 6-Person Electoral Expert Mission to Venezuela’s Regional and Municipal Elections

The Carter Center will deploy a limited international electoral expert mission to Caracas to assess key aspects of the electoral process surrounding Venezuela’ s Nov. 21 regional and municipal elections. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls on Sudan’s Military to Reinstate Civilian Leadership

The Carter Center condemns today’s coup d’etat in Sudan and calls upon Sudan’s military actors to immediately release detainees, allow peaceful demonstrations, and move swiftly to transfer leadership of the government to civilian control, maintaining the agreed-upon transitional schedule. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls on Israel to Reverse Decision to Designate Palestinian Human Rights Groups as Terrorists

The Carter Center is alarmed by the Israeli Defense Ministry’s designation of leading Palestinian human rights organizations as terrorist organizations. Learn more »

Director Kelly Callahan Joins Pfizer for a Live Discussion on our Longstanding Partnership to Help Eliminate Blinding Trachoma | Virtual Event

On World Sight Day, Carter Center Trachoma Control Program Director Kelly Callahan joins Pfizer and the International Trachoma Initiative for a live discussion on our longstanding partnership to help eliminate blinding trachoma around the world. Learn more »

The Carter Center Releases ‘The Big Lie and Big Tech’

The Carter Center today published “The Big Lie and Big Tech,” a new report that details the role played by “repeat offenders”—media known to repeatedly publish false and misleading information—in spreading election fraud narratives in online echo chambers during the 2020 election. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls on Tunisian President to Reinstate Country’s Constitutional Order

When President Kaïs Saïed invoked Article 80 of the constitution on July 25 and then issued Decree 117 on Sept. 22, he effectively undid the constitutional order set out in the 2014 Constitution and gave himself unchecked control over all levers of governmental authority. His unilateral decisions undermine fundamental democratic principles in general and those set out in the 2014 Constitution in particular and threaten the democratic aspirations of the Tunisian people. 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 26 new members to its Board of Councilors, bringing total membership to 232. Learn more »

Carter Center Announces 2021-2022 Rosalynn Carter Fellows for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America

Journalists Flavia Fontes Mantovani, of Folha de São Paulo daily newspaper in Brazil, and Katherine Stanley Obando, from solutions journalism outlet El Colectivo 506 in Costa Rica, will receive USD$5,000 to investigate mental health in their regions. Learn more »

The Carter Center Launches New Program in Partnership with LEON to Advance Democratic Governance

The Carter Center is partnering with the Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON) on a new, three-year project to advance democratic governance in Liberia. Learn more »

Recipients of 2021-2022 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in the UAE Announced

As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Carter Center announces two new fellows for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program in the UAE. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls on the Palestinian Authority to Halt Crackdown on Fundamental Freedoms and Engage in Dialogue to Hold Elections

The Carter Center calls on the Palestinian Authority to halt its crackdown on fundamental freedoms and engage in meaningful dialogue with political and civil society leaders to reschedule genuine and inclusive elections in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Learn more »

Mali Independent Observer: Transition Period Critical for Progress on Implementing Peace Agreement

The Carter Center, which serves as the Independent Observer of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement, today released a new report that notes improved dialogue between the agreement’s signatories in recent months, while also highlighting the lack of progress on the most important issues and suggesting ways to make headway on implementing the agreement. Learn more »

Carter Center Commends Zambians for a Successful Election Despite Unlevel Playing Field

The Carter Center today released its preliminary report on Zambia’s Aug. 12 general elections, which were successful despite the unlevel playing field and the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more »

Carter Center Condemns Internet Restrictions During Election Day in Zambia

On Aug. 12 at approximately 1:55 p.m., Internet users in Zambia lost access to WhatsApp. Shortly after, they became unable to access Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Messenger as well. All these services remain unavailable without use of a virtual private network. Learn more »

Carter Center Issues Report on Sudan’s Youth and the Transition

The Carter Center today released “Sudan’s Youth and the Transition: Priorities, Perception, and Attitudes,” a report that presents the experiences, expectations, and hopes of Sudanese youth regarding the country’s transition from Omar al-Bashir’s regime to democracy. Learn more »

Carter Center Deploys Electoral Experts to Lusaka for Zambia Elections

The Carter Center has deployed the first two members of its international electoral expert mission to Lusaka to assess the process surrounding Zambia’s Aug. 12 general elections. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls for Scheduling of Palestine Elections and Lays Out Possible Roadmap to Polls

The Carter Center calls on the Palestinian Authority leadership to reschedule Palestinian presidential, legislative, and municipal elections—ideally within the next six months—and to engage with political leaders to create an environment conducive to peaceful and genuine elections. Learn more »

The Carter Center Awards 9 U.S. Journalists the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center is pleased to announce nine U.S. recipients of the 2021-2022 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. The Center is awarding one more fellowship than in previous years due to the heightened need for solid mental health reporting during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Learn more »

Carter Center Weekend Raises More than $1.9 Million

The 2021 Carter Center Weekend raised $1,939,828 in donations and auction sales June 21-26 to support work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope worldwide. Events included an online auction and Saturday broadcast featuring conversations with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, celebrity messages, updates from staff in Africa and Latin America, and a live auction of select items. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls on Palestinian Authority to Halt Crackdown on Political Opponents

On June 24, Palestinian political activist Nizar Banat died when Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces raided his home in Hebron in the southern West Bank. According to his family, PA security officers used explosives to blow open the door of Banat’s residence, pepper-sprayed him, and violently beat him. Learn more »

Carter Center to Host Online Fundraiser June 26

The Carter Center’s marquee annual fundraiser will again be virtual—giving everyone the opportunity to tune in to cartercenter.org at 8 p.m. June 26 to help celebrate the legacy of President and Mrs. Carter. Learn more »

Carter Center Extends Condolences on Passing of Member of Carter Center Team in Ethiopia

The Carter Center is deeply saddened to confirm that John Marsh, a contractor responsible for managing the Center’s social media monitoring project in Ethiopia, died unexpectedly Monday, June 21, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Learn more »

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism appoints new U.S. Advisory Board members

The Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new U.S. Advisory Board members. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise from various mediums, academia and the international journalism arena. Learn more »

Noor Dubai Foundation and The Carter Center Renew Partnership to Eliminate Trachoma, Leading Infectious Cause of Blindness

As part of its continued focus on the global fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the Noor Dubai Foundation renews its partnership with The Carter Center to wipe out trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness. Since 2013, the two organizations have assisted Ethiopia in the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in 29% of the Amhara region, known to be the most trachoma-endemic location in the world. Learn more »

Carter Center Releases Final Report on 2020 Bolivian General Elections

The Carter Center today released the final report from its electoral expert team on Bolivia’s Oct. 18, 2020, general elections. The report commends the work of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, known by its Spanish acronym, TSE, for conducting a complex election process with independence, impartiality, and transparency, paving the way to return to the constitutional framework. The report also highlights the record participation and intense competition, which happened despite the political tensions and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more »

Carter Center Condemns Treatment of Cristiana Chamorro

The Carter Center condemns the government of Nicaragua’s actions against opposition presidential contender Cristiana Chamorro, who has been denied due process of law for unsubstantiated charges, stripped of her right to compete for public office, and detained incommunicado under house arrest. Learn more »

Carter Center’s ‘Brilliant Warrior against Disease,’ Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, Receives Honorary Degree from Yale

The Carter Center’s Dr. Donald R. Hopkins received an honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences degree Monday from Yale University for his work toward the eradication of smallpox and Guinea worm disease. Learn more »

Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter Honored by World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros for 50 years of Mental Health Advocacy

Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter was recognized today by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 50 years of leadership to help improve access to health care for all people with mental health and substance use issues. Learn more »

25th Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum to Address a National Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use Care and Access to Care in Georgia

The Carter Center is convening its 25th Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 20-21. This free virtual event explores pressing mental health issues relevant to Georgia and the country. Learn more »

Carter Center Calls for High-Level Diplomatic Intervention to Halt Violence in Israel and Palestine

The Carter Center calls on Israel to halt the bombardment of Gaza, a densely populated area. Residents there have no access to bomb shelters and have no way to escape the indiscriminate shelling. Learn more »

Carter Center Urges Tunisia’s Parliament and Supreme Judicial Council to Swiftly Appoint Constitutional Court Members

While the 2019 elections were successful in ensuring a peaceful transfer of power, the country’s newly elected officials have failed to address the country’s significant political, economic, and social challenges. Learn more »

Applications Open for Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships in the UAE

As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates, The Carter Center announced Thursday that applications are open for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

The Carter Center welcomes the just conviction of the police officer responsible for the murder of George Floyd. Our thoughts are with Floyd’s family members who have endured unimaginable pain as the trial exposed the horrific details of the killing of their loved one. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Walter Mondale

Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history. During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Prince Philip

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. We have fond memories of meeting the prince and Queen Elizabeth II early in my presidency. He was gracious, kind, and served Great Britain with honor. We send our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the royal family, and citizens of the United Kingdom. Learn more »

Carter Center Urges Israeli Government to Respect Palestinian Political Rights

On April 6, the Israeli police prevented an electoral event planned by Palestinian civil society organizations at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem. Police placed barriers around the vicinity of the hotel to block participants from reaching it. Israeli security officials detained activists, including a Fatah candidate for the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ghada Abu Rabee. The manager of the Ambassador Hotel, Sami Abu Dayya, was reportedly placed in custody. Learn more »

Carter Center Issues Final Report on Observation of Georgia’s Risk-Limiting Audit/Hand Count of Presidential Race

The Carter Center today issued its final report on Georgia’s risk-limiting audit of the November 2020 presidential race, commending the process and saying that it should serve as the basis for increased confidence in the state’s electoral system. Learn more »

Carter Center and Rice’s Baker Institute Launch Panel Discussion Series on U.S. Election Reform

Next week, The Carter Center and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy are launching “The Carter-Baker Commission: 16 Years Later,” a series of five virtual events focused on key issues affecting U.S. elections and potential reforms. Learn more »

Carter Center Convenes Bipartisan Town Hall Calling for Urgent Action to Improve Mental Health Care Access in Georgia

At a virtual town hall held on March 23, a bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers and mental health advocates called for immediate action to make behavioral health services more available throughout the state. Learn more »

Statement from The Carter Center on Atlanta-Area Attacks

The founders, leadership, and staff of The Carter Center extend their heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this week’s mass shooting in the Atlanta area. Learn more »

Statement from President Carter Commemorating the Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Americans know the heart of the stranger. The colonies that became the United States were founded by refugees from religious persecution, and our religious traditions call on us to welcome the stranger. Learn more »

Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, and First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter Join the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s National COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative

The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative today announced new PSAs as part of their COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative’s “It’s Up To You” campaign featuring former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter. The videos are designed to encourage all Americans to get answers to the top questions about the COVID-19 vaccines at GetVaccineAnswers.org and to get a vaccination when it’s available to them. Learn more »

President Carter Statement on Efforts to Restrict Voting Access

— In 1962, I ran to represent the 14th Senate District in the Georgia legislature. I won my Senate seat, but only after the courts ruled that a ballot box had been illegally “stuffed” with votes for my opponent. My experience with our election system was one of the reasons Rosalynn and I created The Carter Center. Since 1989, we have observed 113 elections in 39 countries and helped build consensus on standards for democratic elections, perhaps the most fundamental of which are the rights to vote and be elected. Learn more »

Carter Center Launches Inform Women, Transform Lives Global Campaign

The Carter Center today launched the Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign, a groundbreaking global effort to help ensure that women can seek and receive information from their governments. Learn more »

International Election Observation Mission (Ieom), Côte d'Ivoire 2021 – Legislative Elections

In a preliminary statement released today, the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and The Carter Center presented their initial findings following the observation of the election of members of the National Assembly which took place on March 6, 2021. Learn more »

GLIDE-Carter Center Partnership Aims to Eliminate River Blindness in the Americas, Lymphatic Filariasis and Malaria on Hispaniola

The Carter Center and The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) announced an exciting new partnership to support the Carter Center’s innovative disease elimination efforts in the Americas. Learn more »

Eisa and Carter Center Deploy 24 Short-term Observers Across Côte D’Ivoire

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and The Carter Center announced today in a press briefing the continuation of their International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) in Côte d'Ivoire and the deployment of 24 short-term international electoral observers to observe the conduct of the March 6, 2021, legislative elections. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Vernon Jordan

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Vernon Jordan. In the courtroom alongside Donald Lee Hollowell, Vernon helped push our home state into the modern era by forcing the University of Georgia to integrate, and that was just the beginning of his legacy of contributions to American social progress. We offer our condolences to his wife, daughter, and his many admirers. Learn more »

Carter Center Statement on Passing of Dr. Tebebe Berhan

The Carter family is saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and fellow Lion Dr. Tebebe Berhan. Dr. Berhan’s passion and dedication to the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases impacted millions of lives in Ethiopia and worldwide through the Lions-Carter Center SightFirst partnership. Learn more »

Carter Center Issues Report Addressing U.S.-China Relations

The Carter Center today released “Finding Firmer Ground: The Role of Civil Society and NGOs in U.S.-China Relations,” a report that addresses how expanded civil society engagement between the U.S. and China can help stabilize the bilateral relationship. Learn more »

Applications Open for 2021-22 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center, a global leader in mental health, is pleased to announce that applications for journalists who are U.S. citizens and residents are now being accepted for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected fellows will join a top-notch cohort of more than 225 fellows awarded over the past two decades. Learn more »

Carter Center Lights Up Buildings and Monuments in Atlanta, Southwest Georgia to Mark World NTD Day (Jan. 30)

Jan. 30, 2021, will mark the second annual World NTD Day, highlighting the global community’s commitment to ending neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that cause immeasurable suffering among the world’s most marginalized communities. Learn more »

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Renews Commitment to Guinea Worm Disease Efforts Through Partnership with The Carter Center

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, has announced renewed financial support of $10M to the Carter Center, following the 30th anniversary of the organization’s partnership with the UAE. Learn more »

Guinea Worm Cases Fell 50% in 2020, Carter Center Reports

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of human Guinea worm cases was cut in half to just 27* in 2020, The Carter Center announced Tuesday. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of Hank Aaron

Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of our dear friend Henry Aaron. One of the greatest baseball players of all time, he has been a personal hero to us. A breaker of records and racial barriers, his remarkable legacy will continue to inspire countless athletes and admirers for generations to come. We send our love to Billye and their family and to Hank’s many fans throughout the world. Learn more »

Carter Center Urges U.S. to Ensure Equitable Global Vaccine Distribution

While many rich nations, including the United States, have begun to vaccinate populations against COVID-19, even frontline workers in Africa must wait until April. This is a moral challenge for the U.S., which has obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created after the global pain of World War II to enable all nations to prosper by guaranteeing basic human rights, including access to health care. Learn more »

Carter Center Urges Americans to Support Transition

Our country’s long and proud history of peaceful and democratic transitions is being tested by the events unfolding inside the U.S. Capitol, which was put on lockdown after protestors stormed the building. Learn more »

Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Rosalynn and I are troubled by the violence at the U.S. Capitol today. This is a national tragedy and is not who we are as a nation. Having observed elections in troubled democracies worldwide, I know that we the people can unite to walk back from this precipice to peacefully uphold the laws of our nation, and we must. We join our fellow citizens in praying for a peaceful resolution so our nation can heal and complete the transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries. Learn more »

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