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Shiva Eftekhari, Sandler Fellow in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, researched and wrote this report. Sara Rakita, consultant to the Women’s Rights Division, and Africa Division staff persons also conducted considerable field research in Rwanda and reviewed the report. Christine Lillie generously volunteered assistance with the collection of court cases and with logistical and administrative matters in Rwanda. LaShawn R. Jefferson, executive director of the Women’s Rights Division; Alison Des Forges, senior adviser to the Africa Division; Joanne Csete, director of the HIV/AIDS program; Michael Bochenek, deputy director of the Children’s Rights Division; Binaifer Nowrojee, researcher in the Africa Division; and Joe Saunders, deputy director in the Program Office, provided additional review. Patricia Armstrong, consultant to the Legal and Policy Office, and James Ross, senior legal adviser, provided legal review. Erin Mahoney, Elizabeth Morrow, Andrea Holley, Fitzroy Hepkins, and José Martinez provided production assistance. Françoise Denayer translated the report into French.

The Women’s Rights Division is grateful for the assistance of the many individuals, organizations, and government officials in Rwanda who shared their invaluable time and knowledge with the research team. We particularly wish to thank the survivors of sexual violence who generously agreed to speak with us.

The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledges the support of the Dobkin Family Foundation, the Moriah Fund, the Oak Foundation, the Streisand Foundation, the Schooner Foundation, the Lisbet Rausing Trust, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Libra Foundation and the members of the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Rights Division.

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