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Press Release Archive: 2001

Postelection Statement on Zambia Elections, Dec. 30, 2001

Lusaka, Zambia…The Carter Center is pleased to observe Zambia's first tripartite elections since 1964. This is the Center's second election observation mission in Zambia, having observed the historic 1991 multi-party election. Learn More

Carter Center Observers meet with Zambian Presidential Candidates and are encouraged by ECZ Pledge to Facilitate Domestic Observers

Former Nigeria Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Benin President Nicéphore Soglo, and former Tanzania Prime Minister Judge Joseph Warioba have arrived in Lusaka as co-leaders of a 33-person Carter Center observer delegation and have met with presidential candidates and election officials to discuss the election environment. Learn More

Statement by Former US President Jimmy Carter to the Argentine People

Atlanta... In this difficult political moment, I want to express my support for the Argentine people and my sincere regret for the recent violence and consequent loss of life. Argentina remains a valued member of the democratic community of nation states, and the Argentine people will find support from citizens across the hemisphere as they seek a way forward. I have confidence that the Argentine people and their leaders will find a peaceful solution to current challenges through established democratic procedures, reflecting the country's respect for human rights and civil liberties. Learn More

Former First Lady Calls for System to Address Children's Mental Health Needs

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is calling on parents, teachers, and health care providers to address a national crisis in children's mental health. Learn More

Carter Center Opens Office in Lusaka to Organize Election Observation

ATLANTA, GA… The Carter Center has opened an office in Lusaka to begin formal in-country observation of preparations leading to Zambia's presidential and parliamentary elections due later this year. Learn More

Media Advisory on Carter Center Mission to Observe the 2001 Nicaragua Elections

Managua, Nicaragua… Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will arrive in Managua on Friday, November 2 and former Costa Rica President Oscar Arias will arrive Saturday, November 3 to lead The Carter Center's election-monitoring mission to the November 4, 2001 Nicaraguan elections. Learn More

Nicaragua Statement

Managua, Nicaragua… El ex-presidente estadounidense Jimmy Carter llegará a Managua el viernes 2 de noviembre y el ex-presidente costaricense Oscar Arias llegará el sabado 3 de noviembre para encabezar la misión del Centro Carter para observar las elecciones presidenciales en Nicaragua el 4 de noviembre. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Symposium on Children and Mental Health: Symptoms and Redesigning Treatment Services

No other set of health conditions is as harmful to children as mental illness. One in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment, yet only one in five such children receive treatment, according to the Surgeon General's report on children's mental health. Learn More

Postelection Statement by Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Bangladesh Elections, Oct. 5, 2001

ATLANTA, GA…When I visited Bangladesh in August, I was impressed with the evenhanded, impartial preparations for the election being made by the caretaker government and the electoral authorities, laying the foundation for free and fair elections. I congratulate the Election Commission for the central role it played in ensuring the peaceful, free and fair conduct of the elections on October 1. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Lead Delegation to Observe Presidential Elections in Nicaragua

ATLANTA, GA… Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will lead a Carter Center delegation to Nicaragua to observe its November 4th presidential elections. Prior to his visit, the Center will send a second pre-election assessment team to Managua September 27, 2001, led by former Peru President Valentín Paniagua, former US Ambassador Gwen Clare, and Dr. Shelley McConnell of The Carter Center. Learn More

Ex Presidente NorteAmericano Jimmy Carter Encabezara Delegacion Para Observar Las Elecciones Presidenciales En Nicaragua

ATLANTA, Ga… El ex-presidente estadounidense Jimmy Carter, encabezará una delegación del Centro Carter para observar las elecciones presidenciales en Nicaragua el 4 de noviembre. Previo a su visita, el Centro enviará a Managua una misión de evaluación liderada por el ex presidente peruano Valentín Paniagua, la ex-embajadora estadounidense en el Ecuador Gwen Clare, y la Dra. Shelley McConnell del Centro Carter. Learn More

NDI-Carter Center Statement on Cancellation of Oct. 1, 2001, Observation of Bangladesh Elections

Dhaka… The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and The Carter Center have decided regretfully to call off their joint international observer delegation to Bangladesh's October 1 parliamentary elections, due to circumstances surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11 in the United States. Learn More

Carter Center Appoints two Career Foreign Service Officers as Diplomats-In-Residence

ATLANTA, GA…Two career U.S. Foreign Service officers have joined The Carter Center as diplomats-in-residence. Gwen C. Clare, former ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador, and Dr. Alfreda E. Meyers, advisor at the U.S. mission to the United Nations (USUN), will work with The Carter Center's Peace Programs. Ambassador Clare will focus on the Latin American and Caribbean Program and the Democracy Program, while Ms. Meyers will work with the Center's Global Development Initiative. Learn More

Postelection Statement on East Timor Elections, Sept. 1, 2001

Dili, East Timor…We would like to commend the people of Timor Lorosa'e for their massive and peaceful participation in the August 30 elections and congratulate the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), which worked hard for an efficient and peaceful electoral process. Political party leaders, candidates, and supporters together with civil society organizations, actively participated in the democratic political process on a large scale. To this point, but with vote tabulation still ahead, we find that the elections meet international standards for freeness and fairness. Learn More

Postelection Statement on East Timor Elections, Aug. 31, 2001

Dili, East Timor…The calm, peaceful, orderly voting and extremely high voter turnout yesterday were impressive signs of the Timorese people's determination to exercise their right to democratic self-government. In the mountains we saw how people had arisen before dawn and walked miles to cast their ballots early in the morning soon after the polling stations opened. Learn More

Carter Center Commends Preparations for Elections in East Timor, Urges Toning Down of Campaign Rhetoric

ATLANTA, GA…The Carter Center today commended the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for its preparations and reported satisfactory conditions in East Timor for the Aug. 30 elections and a campaign largely free of violence and intimidation in stark contrast to the time leading up the 1999 referendum. In its first report on pre-election conditions, the Center cited concerns about political parties' use of inflammatory language in their campaign speeches, which has led to some fear of retribution after the election toward political parties and their leaders and supporters. Learn More

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Visit China

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will visit China Sept. 3-5 to discuss with leaders there progress in holding elections for local officials in villages nationwide. Learn More

Pre-Election Statement on East Timor Elections, Aug. 23, 2001

Carter Center observers have monitored the pre-election environment in East Timor since June 2001. Teams in the eastern, central, and western regions have conducted interviews with election officials, political party representatives, peacekeepers, police, domestic observer groups, voters, and civil society organizations. They have also observed civic education campaigns, voter education, campaign rallies, and other events related to the political process. The long-term observers will be joined by short-term observers on August 25, to provide greater coverage for the balloting on August 30. This is the first in a series of public reports on observer findings. Learn More

Statement on Bangladesh Elections

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- A National Democratic Institute (NDI)/Carter Center delegation to Bangladesh led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter resulted in the first meeting since last November between political rivals Sheikh Hasina, leader of the Awami League, and Begum Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladeshi Nationalist Party. The leaders of the two main political parties in Bangladesh made commitments to the delegation which can ensure a more democratic and peaceful parliamentary election, expected by October this year, as well as a more stable political environment following the polls. Learn More

Carter Center Notes Progress, Flags Problems in Nicaragua's Electoral Process

ATLANTA, Ga….In a report released today, The Carter Center praised the political climate in Nicaragua in preparation for its November presidential election. Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) has made substantial progress toward holding a good election, the report stated, including assisting voters with registration and identification documents through the Complementary Plan for Citizen Cedulation, accrediting political parties, registering candidates for office, and verifying the voters list. The report also commends civil society groups, such as Ethics and Transparency, that are organizing for election observation and civic education efforts. Learn More

NDI/Carter Center Delegation Observe Bangladesh Elections

A five-person international delegation organized by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and The Carter Center will be in Bangladesh from July 30 to August 4, 2001, to observe the electoral environment leading up to the parliamentary elections expected to be called for September or October. Former United States President Jimmy Carter will lead the delegation, which will also include Member of Cambodia's National Assembly Saumura Tioulong, NDI Senior Associate and Director of Programs on Elections and Political Processes Patrick Merloe, The Carter Center Senior Program Associate, Democracy Programs, Ashley Barr, and NDI Asia Deputy Director Lawrence Lachmansingh. Learn More

The Carter Center begins Election Observation in East Timor

ATLANTA, GA…The Carter Center has deployed initial long-term observers throughout East Timor to begin reporting on the campaign period and general political climate in advance of an August 30 election for the new territory's first Constituent Assembly. Additional long-term observers will join the team in early August for a total of eight. Learn More

NDI-Carter Center Release Peru Election Statement

LIMA.....In a report released today, the joint post-electoral observation mission of the National Democratic Institute and The Carter Center called Peru's 2001 elections an "extraordinary accomplishment in the process of returning Peru to the world community of democracies. Learn More

Carter Center Awards 2001-2002 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Atlanta, GA….The Carter Center's Mental Health Program today named nine recipients of its Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including, for the first time, two international fellows. Each domestic fellow will receive $10,000 to study a particular issue within the mental health field over the course of one year. Learn More

Mental Health Care And The American Worker: Conference to Examine the Business Case for Mental Health Care

Studies have shown a link between employees with depressive symptoms and decreased job performance, but companies increasingly are scrutinizing their mental health care benefits. As a result, the mental health community must do more to show companies how a lack of mental health care coverage can impact their bottom line. Learn More

Atlanta Business Leaders Gather at Carter Center Conference on International Business and Corruption

Atlanta, GA….Leaders of Atlanta's multinational corporations will join former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a conference on international business practices and corruption June 20 at The Carter Center. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Peru Elections, June 4, 2001

This statement is offered by the joint National Democratic Institute (NDI)/Carter Center international election observer delegation to Peru’s June 3, 2001, presidential runoff election. This was the ninth multinational NDI/Carter Center delegation to Peru since November 1999. The delegation, which visited Peru from May 30-June 5, included 35 members from 12 countries and was led by: Madeleine K. Albright, Chairman of NDI and former Secretary of State of the United States; Ramiro de Leon Carpio, former President of Guatemala and current Vice President of Guatemala’s Legislative Assembly; Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former President of Costa Rica; and Sam Gejdenson, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and ranking Member of the House International Relations Committee. Learn More

Arrival Statement by Madeleine Albright before 2001 Presidential Runoff in Peru

I am honored to speak to you on behalf of the joint National Democratic Institute (NDI)/Carter Center international election observer delegation. I am happy to have returned to NDI upon leaving government. It is an organization that I helped found in 1983 and which I have watched closely over the years as it has worked to advance democracy worldwide. I am also pleased that this is a joint delegation with The Carter Center. We are proud of our collaborative effort in Peru over the last 18 months, and I would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of President Carter and The Carter Center around the globe. NDI and The Carter Center have worked well together in many countries over the years, just as the two institutions have advanced their work separately on many fronts. Learn More

National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Delegation to Observe Peru's Run-off Election

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced it will send a delegation to observe the June 3 Peruvian presidential run-off election. The 35-member multinational delegation will be led by Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former President of Costa Rica; Ramiro de Leon Carpio, former President of Guatemala; and Sam Gejdenson, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn More

Distribution of Nine Million Pipe Filters to Fight Guinea Worm Disease in Sudan

The Carter Center, along with its partners - - Health and Development International (HDI), Hydro Polymers of Norsk Hydro, and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) - - has begun to blanket Sudan with nine million pipe filters - one for every man, woman, and child at risk of Guinea worm disease in Sudan. Learn More

NDI-Carter Center Statement: Peru Elections (Spanish)

La misión de observación electoral del Instituto Nacional Demócrata(NDI)/Centro Carter en Perú ha continuado observando el entorno electoral previo a la segunda vuelta presidencial. Además de mantener una presencia permanente en Lima, los observadores de largo plazo están realizando viajes a Arequipa, Cuzco, Puno, Tarapoto, Piura, Chiclayo, Trujillo e Iquitos para observar los desarrollos electorales en estas zonas del país. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Forum on Mental Health Care of Children in Georgia's Juvenile Justice System

ATLANTA, GA....More than 65 percent of children in Georgia's juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental disorder, and adequate treatment services for them are sorely lacking. This is one of the topics to be addressed at The Carter Center May 17 at the 2001 Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum Georgia at the Crossroads: Children in the Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Systems. Learn More

The Carter Center Receives APA's Distinguished Service Award

ATLANTA, GA....The Carter Center today received the American Psychiatric Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in recognition of its efforts to address key public policy issues and develop initiatives to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Learn More

Former President Jimmy Carter and Reebok Chairman Paul Fireman Work to Advance Human Rights

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met today with Reebok Chairman Paul Fireman and the Reebok Board of Directors to discuss the company's continuing efforts to promote human rights worldwide. Learn More

Hemispheric Leaders Appeal to Summit to Protect Democratic Gains

Twenty-eight former presidents and prime ministers from the Western Hemisphere appealed to heads of state at the Summit of the Americas here today to take action to safeguard democracy in the region. Learn More

NDI-Carter Center Statement on Peruvian Elections

The National Democratic Institute (NDI)/Carter Center observer delegation today expressed "admiration" for the conduct of Peru's national elections on Sunday, saying Peruvians had "demonstrated a solid commitment to truly democratic elections." Learn More

Postelection Statement on Peru Elections, April 9, 2001

This statement is offered by the joint National Democratic Institute (NDI)/Carter Center international election observer delegation to Peru's April 8, 2001, extraordinary presidential and congressional elections. The delegation, which visited Peru from April 4-10, included 35 members from 11 countries and was led by: Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States; Ramiro de Leon Carpio, former President of Guatemala and current Vice President of Guatemala's Legislative Assembly; Eni Faleomavaega, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives; and Peter McPherson, President of Michigan State University and former Administrator of USAID under the Reagan Administration. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Peru Elections, April 9, 2001

Esta declaración ha sido elaborada por la Delegación de Observación Electoral Internacional Conjunta del Instituto Nacional Demócrata (NDI)/ Centro Carter al Perú para las elecciones presidenciales y congresales extraordinarias del 8 de Abril de 2001. La Delegación visitó el Perú del 4 al 10 de Abril, incluyó 35 miembros de 11 países, y fue encabezada por el Sr. Jimmy Carter, ex-presidente de los Estados Unidos; Ramiro de León Carpio, ex-presidente de Guatemala y actual vicepresidente del Congreso de Guatemala; Eni Faleomavaega, miembro de la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos; y Peter McPherson, Rector de la Universidad Estatal de Michigan y Administrador de la Agencia de los EE.UU. para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) durante el mandato del Presidente Reagan. Learn More

Arrival Statement by Jimmy Carter: Peru Elections

Lima, Peru....On behalf of The Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), I want to say our joint delegation is honored to be in Peru to observe this historic election. Learn More

Informe Inicial Del Ex-Presidente Jimmy Carter A Nombre De La Delegacion De Observadores Del Instituto Nacional Democrata Y Centro Carter A Las Elecciones Del 2001

A nombre del Centro Carter y el Instituto Nacional Demscrata para Asuntos Internacionales (NDI) quisiera decir que es un honor para nuestra delegacisn conjunta observar esta eleccisn histsrica. Learn More

Final Carter Center Report on 2000 Venezuela Elections Cites Flaws, Urges Reforms to Process

The final report from the Carter Center's observation of the 2000 Venezuela elections and the 1999 constitutional assembly calls for reforms to electoral procedures to build voter confidence in the process and avoid deficiencies that flawed the July 2000 elections. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe Peruvian Elections

ATLANTA, GA....The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center today announced its delegation that will observe the April 8th Peruvian legislative and presidential elections. The 35-member multinational delegation will be led by Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States, Ramiro de Leon Carpio, former President of Guatemala and current Vice President of Guatemala's Legislative Assembly, Eni Faleomavaega, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Peter McPherson, President of Michigan State University and former Administrator of USAID under the Reagan Administration. The delegation will include elected officials, electoral and human rights experts and civil society leaders from 11 countries in Europe and the Americas. Learn More

Delegación Del Instituto Nacional Demócrata/Centro Carter Para Observar Las Elecciones Peruanas Del 2001

ATLANTA, GA...El Instituto Nacional Demócrata (NDI) y el Centro Carter (TCC) anunciaron hoy día la delegación que observará las elecciones peruanas legislativas y presidenciales del 8 de abril. La delegación multi-nacional de 40 miembros estará liderada por Jimmy Carter, ex-presidente de los Estados Unidos; Ramiro de León Carpio, ex -presidente de Guatemala; Eni Faleomavaega, miembro de la Cámara de Diputados de los Estados Unidos; y Peter McPherson, Presidente de la Universidad del Estado de Michigan y ex-Administrador de la Agencia de Desarollo Internacional de Los Estados Unidos (USAID) en el gobierno de Ronald Reagan. La delegación incluirá a funcionarios electos, expertos en asuntos electorales y derechos humanos y líderes de la sociedad civil de 11 paises de Europa y las Américas Learn More

Carter Center Reaffirms Statement of Agreement between Guyana's President and Opposition Leader

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA... On Wednesday, March 21, 2001, The Carter Center issued a press release with an attached statement drafted by President Carter. President Carter had shared a draft of the statement with the two main political party presidential candidates on Wednesday morning before leaving Guyana. While neither presidential candidate signed the statement, both indicated verbally to President Carter that they supported the content of the document. Learn More

Johnson & Johnson and Home Depot Join Carter Center's Commitment to Eradicating Guinea Worm

ATLANTA, GA....The Carter Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program is getting a huge boost this weekend, thanks to Johnson & Johnson and Home Depot. Johnson & Johnson is donating enough medical supplies to assemble 6,000 health kits to be used in the treatment of Guinea worm disease. Home Depot, a long-time Carter Center partner, is contributing storage facilities, shipping supplies, and volunteers to assemble the kits before they are shipped to Africa. Learn More

Statement from Jimmy Carter to Guyanese Leaders

Georgetown, Guyana....Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter drafted the attached statement and presented it to President Bharrat Jagdeo and to former President Desmond Hoyte. Both leaders and their associates approved the text and pledged to implement its provisions as expeditiously as possible. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Guyana Elections, March 21, 2001

On March 20, 2001, the day after the March 19 elections in Guyana, The Carter Center issued a preliminary statement about the electoral process. The statement characterized the elections up through the balloting process in positive terms, saying that the process was generally peaceful and orderly and that there were no irregularities at the vast majority of the polling sites visited by Carter Center observers. However, the Center's statement noted that observers reported significant confusion surrounding the closing of polls, at least in the Georgetown area, due to conflicting information from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the media, and others regarding the possibility of extending voting beyond the scheduled 6:00pm closing time. In addition, while noting that the political parties had expressed concerns about the accuracy of the final voters list, the statement reported that it was difficult at that time to ascertain the magnitude of the problem. Finally, the statement echoed the sentiment of many Guyanese that the elections alone are not sufficient to solve the nation's problems. Learn More

Postelection Statement on Guyana Elections, March 20, 2001

The Carter Center would like to commend the Guyanese people for their conduct and participation in yesterday's elections and present this preliminary statement on the electoral process. Learn More

Arrival Statement of President Jimmy Carter on Observing the Guyana Elections

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA... I am pleased to return to Guyana to observe these important elections. As many of you know, The Carter Center observed the elections here in 1992 and has remained active in supporting political and economic development in Guyana ever since. Learn More

NDI-Carter Center Observers Applaud Peru's Progress Toward Credible Elections

March 9, 2001 Peru's interim government has established the necessary conditions for a free, transparent and legitimate election, according to a team of election observers from the National Democratic Institute and The Carter Center who visited Lima this week to assess the election process and offer recommendations. Learn More

NDI-Carter Center Observers Applaud Peru's Progress Toward Credible Elections (Spanish)

El gobierno interino del Perú ha establecido las condiciones necesarias para elecciones libres, transparentes y legítimas, según la delegación del Instituto Nacional Demócrata y del Centro Carter que estuvo en Lima esta semana para evaluar el proceso electoral. También informaron que los ex-presidentes Jimmy Carter de los Estados Unidos y Ramiro de León Carpio de Guatemala, junto con Peter McPherson, Presidente de Michigan State University y ex-Administrador de la Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), encabezarán una delegación de aproximadamente 30 observadores electorales para monitorear los comicios del 8 de abril. Learn More

Carter Center and Atlanta Francophone Consulates Host Human Rights and Democracy Conference

ATLANTA, GA....General Amadou Toumani Touré, the former president of Mali who helped topple a dictator and then stepped down in favor of an elected president, will give the keynote address at the Francophonie 2001: Global Challenges of Strengthening Democracy and Human Rights conference on April 2, 2001, at The Carter Center. Learn More

Carter Center Urges Albanian Parties to Cooperate on Elections

ATLANTA, GA...A Carter Center delegation that visited Albania last week has urged the major political parties and new parties to cooperate to resolve outstanding disputes about preparations for the June 2001 parliamentary elections. Learn More

CONDITIONS FOR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN PERU, BUT CHALLENGES REMAIN

Lima, Peru -- January 26, 2001: An international pre-election delegation organized jointly by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center issued a 9-page statement at a press conference today in Lima. The six-member delegation included persons from five countries and was led by former President of Guatemala and present Vice President of the Congress of Guatemala, Ramiro de Leon Carpio. Learn More

Carter Center to Observe Guyana Elections

ATLANTA, GA...The Carter Center announced today it will observe Guyana's Parliamentary elections scheduled for March 19, 2001. A field office for the project will be opened soon to organize pre-election observation activities and prepare for deployment of a 30-person team on election day. Learn More

Sudanese and Ugandan Delegations Agree on Steps to Implement the Nairobi Agreement

Nairobi, Kenya….The following statement is issued by the delegation leaders, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, minister in charge of the presidency, Uganda, and Ali Numeiri, minister of state in the Ministry of External Relations, Sudan. Learn More

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