HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 GENEVE 10, SWITZERLAND
22 December 2000
Dear President Clinton,
I should like to take this opportunity to raise for your consideration the matter of Mr. Leonard Peltier, a prisoner in the United States of America whose case has attracted major national and international attention. As you will be aware, Mr. Peltier was tried, convicted and sentenced to prison over twenty-five years ago in proceedings which have raised serious due process concerns.
The case for clemency for Mr. Peltier has drawn support from a remarkably broad range of observers and institutions, including the European Parliament, Amnesty International, President Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Ms Rigoberta Menchu Tum. Indigenous people from around the world, including the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, as well as many others have expressed grave concern about the case against Mr. Peltier.
As United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, I would like to ask that you give all possible considerations to exercising your power of executive clemency in this case.
[ signature ]
High Commissioner for Human Rights