This report is based on research conducted in Uzbekistan from May 1999 to March 2000 by Acacia Shields, Uzbekistan researcher. The report was written by Acacia Shields. Invaluable research and technical assistance was provided by Christine Ter Braak, Tashkent office assistant. The report was edited by Rachel Denber, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division, and Cassandra Cavanaugh, researcher on Central Asia. Additional editing was conducted by Dinah PoKempner, deputy general counsel, and Mike McClintock, deputy program director. Essential technical support was provided by Natasha Zaretsky, Yulia Dultsina, and Alexandra Perina, associates for the Europe and Central Asia division. Alex Frangos, coordinator for the Europe and Central Asia division, designed the web site for this report.
Special thanks are due to the courageous human rights defenders in Uzbekistan and their families, who demonstrated unwavering commitment and dignity in the face of this brutal campaign. This report could not have been written without their cooperation and diligence.
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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, Diane Paul, and Benjamin Ward 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, Yulia Dultsina, Alexandra Perina, Tamar Satnet, and Natasha Zaretsky are associates. Peter Osnos is the chair of the advisory committee and Alice Henkin is vice chair.
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