Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to you out of concern for the health of Leonard Peltier, prisoner number 89637-132, currently incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Peltier, who turned 66 last year, has been suffering for more than a year from the symptoms of prostate cancer. Blood tests were not administered until June 2010, after attorneys had pressured officials for several months. The results were not made known until early November of that year. A biopsy, recommended in the blood analysis report, was ordered by a doctor and approved by prison officials. However, no biopsy has been performed to date. The delays in testing, diagnosis and treatment – particularly for a disease as serious as cancer – are a violation of Article 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted 10 December 1948, and of the obligation to provide medical care.
I urge you to please take the necessary steps to have Leonard Peltier transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota right away.