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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Letter to IITC

July 6, 2005
Mrs. Andrea Carmen, Executive Director
Alberto Saldamando, General Counsel
International Indian Treaty Council
2390 Mission Street. Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94110

Dear Mrs. Carmen and Mr. Saldamando,

We are appealing to you on behalf of Leonard Peltier, an internationally known Native American political prisoner who has been in prison in the United States for almost thirty years. We recognize the work of the International Indian Treaty Council over many years to present the profound miscarriage of justice and human rights violations to which he has been subjected by the United States government at United Nations, in particular to the UN Commission on Human Rights and its Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

We are requesting your urgent assistance in response to a new crisis situation, which has further violated his rights and is currently threatening his health. Last Thursday, June 30th, Mr. Peltier was moved without notice to his attorneys or his family from United States Federal Prison at Leavenworth Kansas to United States Prison at Terre Haute Indiana. He is arbitrarily being held there in solitary confinement indefinitely. He was a well-respected model prisoner at Leavenworth, he is an elder, has many serious health problems, and poses no threat to the system. There is no basis for subjecting him to this kind of treatment. At Terre Haute he gets no fresh air, no phone privileges, he cannot write out because they give him no stamps, his medications will run out in a couple of days (he is a diabetic). USP Terre Haute does not have a good record of taking care of prisoners' medical needs. We are asking with great urgency that you pass on this report on his status and ask for intervention on his behalf to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, and any other Human Rights bodies or Rapporteurs you deem relevant.

Thank you in advance for your efforts.


Russell J. Redner Barry A. Bachrach
Executive Director Lead Counsel
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Leonard Peltier Legal Team