December 12, 2009


This report was researched and written by Heba Morayef, researcher at Human Rights Watch. The report was edited by Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa division, and Lisa Anderson, Encore Fellow at the Columbia Journalism Review and freelance editor. Clive Baldwin, senior legal advisor, conducted the legal review. The report was edited by Iain Levine, director of the Program Office. MENA interns Lara Haddad and Felix Legrand assisted with the research and formatting of this report.

Human Rights Watch’s delegation to Libya in April 2009 was composed of Heba Morayef, researcher in the Middle East and North Africa Division, Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, and Bill Frelick, director of the Refugee Program at Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch thanks the Gaddafi Foundation for facilitating the trip and the Libyan authorities for the meetings they granted us and the visit to the Abu Salim prison.

Human Rights Watch also thanks the many individuals in Libya, the United Kingdom and other countries that helped strengthen this report’s accuracy and depth. The organization especially thanks Libya Human Rights Solidarity for the assistance it has provided.