Founded in 1982, the Carter Center addresses human rights issues, human suffering, conflict prevention and resolution, and health through upholding the values of freedom and democracy. As defined on the website, the Carter Center is mainly based on five principles:
The Center emphasizes action and results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues;
The Center does not duplicate the effective efforts of others;
The Center addresses difficult problems and recognizes the possibility of failure as an acceptable risk;
The Center is nonpartisan and acts as a neutral in dispute resolution activities;
The Center believes that people can improve their lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources.
The Center for Human Rights and Democracy provides interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community outreach on pressing rights-based issues at both local and global levels. Its main focus is on the contemporary and comparative study of human rights and democracy.