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Community Guidelines

Welcome! The Forum on Human Rights at The Carter Center depends on its members’ good intentions to drive constructive collaboration among all. The purpose of this platform is to encourage community discussions in support of human rights. Your adherence to the guidelines below will help lead to a productive community and positive outcomes. We reserve the right to take down offensive content.


The Forum operates under the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of The Carter Center, Inc. Please reference those documents on The Carter Center site for details. In the event of any conflict between the guidelines below and The Carter Center’s Privacy Policy or Terms of Use, The Carter Center policies take precedence.


We want our community members to be safe, productive, and valued. To facilitate this goal, below are our expectations regarding your participation and use of Forum features, including discussions, comments, and media. Those who cannot follow these policies may be removed.


Be polite. The discussions that take place here may be sensitive and controversial. Blunt talk may be required, and we do not have to agree with each other. Please try to disagree without being disagreeable. Focus your remarks on positions, not personalities. Our community will not condone personal attacks, name-calling, libel, defamation, hate speech, or other disparaging commentary. Under no circumstances should you post anything that could be taken as threatening, harassing, bullying, obscene, pornographic, sexist or racist.

Be clean. “Colorful” words can be easily misinterpreted so keep your language clean. This is a public, worldwide forum and everyone should feel comfortable participating.

Be honest. The Forum is a resource for human rights defenders worldwide and we welcome contributions of relevant, legal content that you have the right to distribute. For clarification and details, please see
The Carter Center’s Terms of Use document, especially the ‘Submission and Restrictions On Use’ and ‘Copyright and Trademark; Your Usage’ sections.


Be on topic. Forum conversations are focused on learning from each other and discovering constructive outcomes for pressing human rights issues. Talking about the issue at hand without distractions facilitates this in all our conversations.

Be thorough. Provide all requested information in input boxes to give other members clear and concise information regarding any media you upload. Understanding the context and provenance of media uploaded also assists moderators should any question arise regarding your contributions. 

Be focused. Think about the question or need you have and what specific action is required to answer. Address that in 500 words or less. Specificity and brevity help in keeping our conversations on topic and aid comprehension.

Be respectful. Our community members’ privacy and safety are paramount concerns. Do not share others’ phone numbers, email or physical addresses or identifying information beyond what is found on the public Forum site. Use the ‘private’ conversation function or make your personal profile private if you have any reservations. We will not share your personal information. Please refer to
The Carter Center’s Privacy Policy for more information.

The Forum is a place for discussions of concern to human rights defenders. Please do not post any commercial advertising, promotion, or solicitation

Be vigilant. While we actively moderate The Forum, we may miss some activity that is out of bounds. Please report any members, content, activity, other material you find questionable to and we will review. Do not engage with those whose reward is your negative reaction.


In the end, you are responsible for the content you post. Content on The Forum On Human Rights is not necessarily the opinion of The Carter Center, Inc. We retain the right to remove any content posted on the Forum site.


You make this community. We value your contributions and look forward to facilitating important and constructive conversations that lead to improved human rights and a better world for all.


Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns at