This report was written on the basis of field research carried out in Ankara, Diyarbakir and southeast Turkey in June and July 2001, and through further telephone and written inquiries carried out through August 2002. The information was gathered from interviews with displaced people, members
of the Turkish parliament, government officials, and nongovernmental specialists. The report was written by Human Rights Watch Turkey Researcher Jonathan Sugden, who carried out the preliminary research, and edited by Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch, Rachael Reilly, Refugee Policy Director at Human Rights Watch, James Ross, Senior Legal Advisor for Human Rights Watch, and Ian Gorvin, Human Rights Watch Deputy Program Director. Supplemental research was also contributed by Pinar Araz. Invaluable production assistance was provided by Dorit Radzin, associate, Human Rights Watch.
Human Rights would like to acknowledge and thank the many individuals whose contributions made this report possible.
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