INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS COMISIÓN INTERAMERICANA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS COMISSÃO INTERAMERICANA DE DIREITOS HUMANOS COMMISSION INTERAMÉRICAINE DES DROITS DE L'HOMME ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES WASHINGTON, D.C., 2 0 0 0 6 U. S. July 8, 2011 Ref.: Case No. 12.416 Santo Domingo Massacre Colombia Mr. Secretary: I am pleased to address you on behalf of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in order to file before the jurisdiction of the Honorable Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Case No. 12.416, Santo Domingo Massacre v. the Republic of Colombia (hereinafter “the State”, “the Colombian State,” or “Colombia”), related to a bombing perpetrated on December 13, 1998 by the Colombian Air Force on the hamlet of Santo Domingo, in the municipality of Tame, Arauca department. Specifically, a cluster device was launched that, in accordance with the information available at the time that it issued its merits report, resulted in the death of 17 civilians, among them four boys and two girls. Furthermore, 27 civilians were wounded, including four boys and five girls. After the explosion of the device, the law enforcement agents continued, from the air, to bomb civilians who were trying to assist the wounded and attempting to escape from the hamlet. After the event, the entire population of Santo Domingo was displaced and in January 1999 its residents returned to rebuild their homes. These facts remain in impunity because the State did not undertake a serious and effective investigation to identify the intellectual and other perpetrators responsible and, if need be, to impose the corresponding punishments. In its merits report, the IACHR concluded that, more than twelve years after the facts, only one sentence, from a lower court, has been announced against the crew of the helicopter that launched the device. Mr. Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, Secretary Inter-American Court of Human Rights Box 6906-1000 San José, Costa Rica Appendices

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