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This report is based on research conducted in Uzbekistan from May through July 1998 by Acacia Shields, Researcher, and during a field-mission to Uzbekistan by Jonathan Fanton, Chairman of Human Rights Watch, Holly Cartner, Executive Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, and Alexander Petrov, assistant Moscow Office Director. Cassandra Cavanaugh, Researcher on Central Asia, conducted additional interviews in Tashkent. The report was written by Acacia Shields and edited by Rachel Denber, Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division. Joseph Saunders, Associate Counsel on Academic Freedom, and Martina Vandenberg, Researcher in the Women's Rights Division, provided additional editorial support. Essential technical support was provided by Natasha Zaretsky, Associate for the Europe and Central Asia Division and Natalia Ermolaev, Intern for the Europe and Central Asia Division. The report was formatted for the Internet by Alex Frangos, Coordinator, Human Rights Watch. We would like to express our particular gratitude for the invaluable assistance provided by the Independent Human Rights Organization of Uzbekistan and the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan.

Human Rights Watch would like to thank the J.M. Kaplan Fund for translation funding.

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

We stand with victims and activists to bring offenders to justice, to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom and to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime.

We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.

We challenge governments and those holding power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.

We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

The staff includes Kenneth Roth, executive director; Michele Alexander, development director; Reed Brody, advocacy director; Carroll Bogert, communications director; Cynthia Brown, program director; Barbara Guglielmo, finance and administration director; Jeri Laber, special advisor; Lotte Leicht, Brussels office director; Patrick Minges, publications director; Susan Osnos, associate director; Jemera Rone, counsel; Wilder Tayler, general counsel; and Joanna Weschler, United Nations representative. Jonathan Fanton is the chair of the board. Robert L. Bernstein is the founding chair.

Its Europe and Central Asia division was established in 1978 to monitor and promote domestic and international compliance with the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. It is affiliated with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, which is based in Vienna, Austria. Holly Cartner is the executive director; Rachel Denber is the deputy director; Elizabeth Andersen is the advocacy director; Fred Abrahams is senior researcher; Cassandra Cavanaugh, Julia Hall, Malcolm Hawkes, Bogdan Ivanisevic, André Lommen, Acacia Shields, and Diane Paul are research associates; Diederik Lohman is the Moscow office director; Alexander Petrov is the assistant Moscow office director; Pamela Gomez is the Caucasus office director; Marie Struthers is the Dushanbe office director; Alex Frangos is coordinator; Liudmila Belova, Alexandra Perina, and Natasha Zaretsky are associates. Peter Osnos is the chair of the advisory committee and Alice Henkin is vice chair.

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