This report was researched and written by Bogdan Ivanisevic, researcher at Human Rights Watch. The report was edited by Holly Cartner, executive director of the Europe and Central Asia division, and Jeri Laber, special advisor. Additional editing was done by Wilder Tayler, general counsel, and Michael McClintock, deputy program director.
Production assistance was provided by Alexandra Perina, associate, Patrick Minges, publications director, and Fitzroy Hepkins, manager, Human Rights Watch.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank all of the individuals who were interviewed for this report.
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