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On The Ground in Cairo: Carter Center Delegation Witnesses Third Phase of Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joined a 40-member Carter Center delegation to witness the third phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections Jan. 10-11.  The delegation, deployed in Egypt since mid-November for the three-phase election, represents 21 countries.  In addition to witnessing the polling and counting, President Carter and the Carter Center leadership team met with key stakeholders, including the Supreme Judicial …

Forum Addresses Media Stereotypes, Politicized Reporting in Latin America

Misunderstandings and tensions between Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela) and the United States are common, and often reinforced or made worse by charged, politicized reporting in media stories related to these countries.

To address this problem, the Carter Center-sponsored Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum created a working group of media professionals to promote a deeper understanding of the role …

Michael Biesecker: Journalism Fellow Chronicles Abuse, Fraud in North Carolina

Reporter Michael Biesecker’s coverage of mental health issues began with a high-speed car chase following a robbery. In the course of Biesecker’s investigation, he found that although the driver was in a psychotic state two weeks before the crime, he had been turned away from the state’s psychiatric hospital.

“We began researching why people were not getting help, why the …

Health Workers Overcome Logistical Challenges to Battle Guinea Worm in Southern Sudan

With approximately 95 percent of the world’s remaining Guinea worm cases, South Sudan looks to be the final battleground in the fight to wipe out this debilitating worm worldwide. The Southern Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program, together with The Carter Center, has almost 10,000 dedicated local health workers on the ground, working everywhere from the bustling capital of Juba to …

Carter Center Helps Protect Congolese Human Rights Defenders Through Alert System

Listen to Sophie Borel talk about why the alert system was established.

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, human rights activists often face intimidation and threats of violence, a situation expected to worsen as November 2011 national elections approach.

“I often get calls in the evening or at night from human rights defenders …

Human Rights Defender Discusses Importance of Working Together to Advance Women’s Rights

Ratna Osman, acting executive director of Malaysia’s Sisters in Islam, was one of a diverse group of 72 human rights activists and religious scholars from 22 countries to attend the Carter Center’s human rights defenders forum this week in Atlanta.

Through Sisters in Islam, Osman creates public awareness and advocates for reform to advance women’s rights in Islam.

“We are …

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Urges Promotion of Women’s Rights by Religious Communities

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter urged religious communities to promote, not hinder, women’s rights during his opening remarks at the 2011 Human Rights Defenders Forum taking place at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., April 3-6. The remarks were a follow up to a speech he gave to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2009.

The forum was attended …

Upcoming Forum to Promote Women’s Rights

From April 3-6, human rights leaders and scholars will gather at The Carter Center to discuss the key challenges that women’s rights activists face and ways to work with religious, traditional, and government institutions to advance the protection of these rights.

“The idea came out of a speech that President Carter gave to the Parliament of World Religions in 2009 …

Forum Identifies Solutions to Improve Cooperation Among Andean Countries and the United States

The Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum, a citizens’ forum created to identify and contribute solutions to multilateral problems and tensions among the Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela) and the United States, has issued a report outlining a common agenda to improve cooperation among the nations.

“Many of these countries have tensions with each other at the governmental level on …

Nigeria, Niger Receive Carter Center Awards for Guinea Worm Eradication

The Carter Center Awards for Guinea Worm Eradication were presented to Nigeria and Niger during a special ceremony held Feb. 17, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga.

The two countries, which share a border, join 14 other nations that have wiped out Guinea worm disease since The Carter Center spearheaded the international eradication campaign in 1986. Nigeria—formerly the most Guinea worm-endemic country …