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PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COMMISSION

4.
The IACHR registered the claim under No. 96-04, and after undertaking a preliminary
examination, on December 20, 2004, sent it to the State for its observations. On February 17, 2005,
the State presented its response, which was sent to the petitioners for their observations. On May
4, 2005, the petitioners presented their response, which was sent to the State for its observations.
On August 8, 2005, the State requested an extension of time to respond. On November 15, 2005,
the State presented its response, which was sent to the petitioners for them to present their
observations.
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On March 22, 2006, the petitioners presented and additional brief, which was sent to
the State for its observations. On May 17, 2006, the State pointed out that in a meeting held with
the petitioners, they had reached a friendly settlement agreement and sent the proposal signed by
both parties. This agreement included a series of measures to resolve the claims raised as well as
a time frame for adopting them. On June 20, 2006, the Commission sent this communication to the
petitioners and formalized the beginning of the friendly settlement stage, putting itself at the
disposal of the parties and requesting that within a time limit of one month they should comment
on the said offer.
6.
On June 22, 2006, the petitioners requested that the Commission conduct a followup and review on the fulfillment of the agreement. This communication was sent to the State for its
observations. On July 20, 2006, the State reiterated its willingness to arrive at a friendly settlement
and indicated on May 16, 2006 that it had drafted "an initial document establishing a number of
parameters in the search for a friendly settlement between the parties."
7.
On October 23, 2006, Olimpíades Gonzáles made it clear that the State had not
fulfilled any of the points of the agreement and that the State had shown no willingness in this
regard. The Commission was therefore requested to intervene and "bring the matter before the
Inter-American Court for a definitive sanction" should the State persist in its failure to comply. It
was also made clear that the State had not granted the protection ordered by the Second Control
Tribunal, and that he was being threatened and was in a vulnerable condition. This communication
was sent to the State for its observations on December 5, 2006. 5
8.
On August 28, 2007, the Commission informed the parties that it had concluded its
intervention in the friendly settlement proceedings due to the lack of any meaningful response from
the State and that it had decided to continue with the petition proceedings. On October 26, 2007,
the Commission requested additional information from the petitioners. On March 7, 2008, the
petitioners presented their response, which was sent to the State for its observations.
9.
On August 22, 2008, the petitioners filed additional information, which was sent to
the State together with a reiteration of a previous request for information. On March 25, 2011, the
petitioners presented additional information, which was sent to the State for its observations. On
May 26, 2011, the State asked for an extension of 10 days in order to present its observations, which
was granted by the Commission. The State presented its response on June 22, 2011, which was
sent to the petitioners for their information.

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Olimpíades Gonzáles was allegedly murdered on December 11, 2006.

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