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Regarding the Arrest and Detention of Mr. John Graham
December 14, 2003
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Within the past weeks, we have followed the arrest and detention of Mr. John
Graham in Canada as closely as possible.
We know Mr. John Graham from (our) cooperation in the 1980s with regard to
indigenous peoples’ issues and environmental issues. Mr. Graham had visited
Europe and this is where we (met) him.
We are seriously concerned about his case, especially about a possible
extradition to the United States of America.
The allegations that Mr. Graham would have been involved in the murder of
Ms. Anna Mae Aquash brings to mind the circumstances under which Mr. Leonard
Peltier has been extradited from Canada --- as far as we understand,
illegally --- many years ago.
It is a well-known fact within the International community that Mr. Peltier
has been sentenced on false and fabricated evidence.
The events on the Pine Ridge reservation and surrounding (areas), the human
rights violations going on there, and consecutive events have been followed
by European human rights organisations over the years.
Thus, we are deeply concerned about the safety of Mr. John Graham and the
legality of the procedures in Canada, with regard to a possible extradition
to the United States of America.
MENSCHENRECHTE (Human Rights) 3000
P. O. Box 5102
Phone: (+49) 7636-791215