Julia Hall, counsel and senior researcher in the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, researched and wrote this report. Acacia Shields and Diederik Lohman, senior researchers in the Europe and Central Asia Division, and Kristina Alessi, associate in the Europe and Central Asia Division, provided valuable additional research. The report was edited by Ben Ward, counsel in the Europe and Central Asia Division and Iain Levine, program director for Human Rights Watch. Dinah PoKempner, general counsel for Human Rights Watch, provided legal review. Veronika Leila Szente Goldston, advocacy director in the Europe and Central Asia Division, reviewed and provided valuable commentary on the text. Portions of the manuscript were also reviewed by Rachel Denber, acting executive director in the Europe and Central Asia Division, and Wendy Patten, advocacy director in the U.S. Program of Human Rights Watch. Anna Sinelnikova, associate in the Europe and Central Asia Division, provided invaluable production support. Special thanks to Ernest Ulrich, consultant to Human Rights Watch, for translation services.
Human Rights Watch gratefully acknowledges the contributions made to this report by a number of valued colleagues, including Anna Wigenmark, Swedish NGO Foundation for Human Rights; Julia Duchrow, Amnesty International Germany; Madeleine Siedlitz, Amnesty International Sweden; Peter Rosenblum, director, and Johanna Westeson, Adria Perez, and Lauren Butcher, students in the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic; and Nuala Mole, Association for Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE Centre).