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.

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