This report was researched and written by a consultant to Human Rights Watchs Middle East and North Africa Division. Joe Stork, Washington director of the Middle East and North Africa division, provided editorial review. The Report was also reviewed by James Ross, senior legal advisor for Human Rights Watch, and Widney Brown, deputy program director. Leila Hull, associate with the Middle East and North Africa division, prepared the report for publication. Production assistance was provided by Andrea Holly, manager of outreach and publications, Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager, Veronica Matushaj, photo editor, and Jagdish Parikh, online communication content coordinator.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank the many individuals in and outside Iran who contributed invaluably to this report, especially those detained and tortured by the Iranian government who shared their stories with us. Unfortunately, current conditions in Iran do not permit us to thank those to whom we spoke by name.
This report would not have been possible without the assistance of Karim Lahidji and Raza Moini, who bear no responsibility for its contents. Human Rights Watch is also deeply grateful to the Newmans Own Foundation for supporting our work on Iran.