Daniel Wilkinson, counsel for Human Rights Watchs Americas Division, wrote this report. Joanne Mariner, deputy director of the Americas Division, Wilder Tayler, Human Rights Watchs Legal and Policy Director, and Joseph Saunders, Deputy Program Director, edited it. Americas Division associates Ximena Casas and Jennifer Nagle helped with the production. Interns Nikolas Steinberg and Martin Austermuhle provided invaluable research support.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank the numerous organizations, government officials and individuals that contributed to this report. In particular, we would like to thank Supreme Court President Ivan Rincón Urdaneta, Attorney General Isaías Rodríguez, Ombudsman Germán Mundarain, and other officials who met with us in the course of our investigation.