This report was researched and written by Richard Dicker, associate counsel and Michael McClintock, deputy program director of Human Rights Watch. The report was edited by Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. Special thanks to Cynthia Brown, Anne Manuel, Dinah PoKempner, Wilder Taylor for their editorial assistance; Sahr MuhammedAlly and Marti Weithman for their assistance in the production of this report.

We would also like to thank all those in Guatemala in helping us understand the issues.

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