II. PROCESSING BY THE COMMISSION 5. The initial petition was received in June 14, 2006 and recorded under the number P 616-06. On August 15, 2006, the Commission requested additional information from the petitioner. The requested information was received on October 18, 2006. 6. On December 22, 2006, in accordance with Article 30.3 of its Rules of Procedure, the Commission sent the State the relevant sections of the petition, asking it to submit its response within a period of two months. 7. On August 27, 2007, April 23, 2008, and September 29, 2008, the State asked for extensions to respond to the petition. The Commission granted two one-month extensions, denied the third extension, and asked the State to submit the information requested as soon as possible. 8. On October 22, 2008 the State submitted its response to the petition, which was forwarded to the petitioners. 9. On July 3, 2007, November 8, 2007, January 15, 2008, July 14, 2008, April 13, 2009, April 27, 2009, May 12, 2009, May 13, 2009, May 21, 2009, and May 29, 2009, the petitioner submitted additional information, which was forwarded to the Bolivian State on a timely basis. 10. On May 27, 2009 the State asked for an extension to submit its observations. In response, the Commission asked the State to submit the information as soon as possible. As of the approval date of this report, no additional observations had been received. III. A. POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES Petitioner 11. The petitioner stated that according to testimony from various persons, Juan Carlos Flores Bedregal disappeared on July 17, 1980 when in his capacity as a leader of the Revolutionary Workers’ party and National Delegate he was attending a meeting of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy1 at the headquarters of the Bolivian Workers’ Union. The petitioner noted that the meeting had been called in response to an imminent coup d’état widely announced by the armed forces. 12. According to the account, while the resolution on resistance to the coup was being read, the headquarters of the COB was attacked by gunfire from an armed group made up of military and paramilitary agents – which ordered the political and union leaders to surrender, in response to which a participant at the meeting asked them to stop shooting since they were unarmed. The petitioner stated that the attackers ordered them to descend to the street in a row and with their hands behind their heads, but when they identified the Socialist leader, Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, they ordered him to step out of line and when he resisted, they shot him. The petitioner stated that Mr. Flores Bedregal reacted by trying to help him but was “felled by gunfire.” 1 She explained that the Committee for Defense of Democracy was a group made up of political parties and union organizations to defend democracy.