Guatemala City, July 8th, 2005
USP Terre Haute
With great concern I have received the news about Mr. Leonard Peltier’s situation in the
Terre Haute prison, in Indiana.
There is no need to adopt such measures –solitary confinement, no post mail or phone
calls, lack of medicines- with him. He is elder, he was a model intern in the Leavenworth
jail and he is sick.
I appeal to your conscience, to your sense of humanity, so that the basic human rights of
Mr. Peltier are fully respected. Moreover, it is necessary that Mr. Peltier, a very well
known and respected Native American leader, be transferred to a better penitentiary.
Many indigenous leaders and members of indigenous peoples all around the world are
very worried about Mr. Peltier’s treatment, which we have found very indignant and
inhumane. We send you a call to urgently revise the conditions in which Mr. Peltier
remains in jail.
I do hope that the authorities hear of this humanitarian call. The entire world, especially
the Indigenous Peoples, will thank you.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate