Case Nos. 1798 and 1806 (BOLIVIA)

Case 1798. February 9, 1974, denouncing the death of a number of farmers that had demonstrated against the Government in the city of Cochabamba and in particular the arbitrary arrest of Attorney Benjamin Miguel, who had allegedly been in solitary confinement in a prison in La Paz since January 20, 1974.

Since the communication did not fulfill the requirements of Articles 38 and 54 of the Rules of Procedure, the Commission, in a letter dated February 19, 1974, requested the complainants to supplement it.

The complainant, in a letter dated July 19, 1974, supplemented the denunciation with specific data concerning the above-mentioned facts.

In a note dated October 11, 1974, the Commission requested the Government of Bolivia to provide the pertinent information in accordance with Articles 42 and 44 of the Rules of Procedure. A copy of this note was sent to the Delegation of Bolivia to the Permanent Council of the OAS on October 17, 1974.

The Government of Bolivia, in a note dated November 13, 1974 (No. DGAJ-755/154), received by the Commission on December 26, stated that the student J. Ramiro Garvito Saavedra had been released on May 15, 1974.

Case 1806. March 12, 1974, denouncing the arbitrary arrest of a Bolivian student in Cochabamba and the illegal search and seizure of his personal effects and documents. Subsequently, this student has allegedly been transferred to a prison in La Paz.

In a note dated April 8, 1974, the Commission requested the Government of Bolivia to provide the pertinent information, in accordance with Articles 42 and 44 of the Rules of Procedure.

In October 1974, the Commission, during its thirty-fourth session, noted that the Government of Bolivia had not replied to the above-mentioned request for information and decided to repeat it, by cable, on October 24, 1974, and informed the complainant of this decision.

Notwithstanding the seriousness of the facts reported, the Government of Bolivia did not reply to the urgent request for information from the Commission until November 11, 1974 (Letter No. DGAJ-245/148), in which it only stated that "a report had been requested from the Ministry of the Interiors with a view to clarifying the denunciation made to the offices under your authority".