This report was researched and written by Hania Mufti, Regional Director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch. Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watchs Middle East and North Africa Division, edited the report. Widney Brown, deputy program director of Human Rights Watch, and James Ross, senior legal adviser to Human Rights Watch, reviewed the report. Leila Hull, associate for the Middle East and North Africa division, Veronica Matushaj, Photo Editor & Associate Director, Creative Services, and Andrea Holley, manager of outreach and publications, prepared this report for production. Additional production assistance was provided by Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager, and Jagdish Parikh, online communications content coordinator.
Human Rights Watch wishes to acknowledge the cooperation of numerous individuals in Baghdad and al-Najaf who provided additional assistance and logistical support, but who cannot be named since they remain in Iraq. For those outside Iraq, we extend our thanks to Mike Francis of The Oregonian, and Captain Jarrell Southall of the Oregon Army National Guard. We also appreciate the cooperation we received from Iraqi police, judicial and medical personnel, and advisers with the Multinational Force-Iraq, in gathering information for this report.
Human Rights Watch would also like to thank the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stichting Vluchteling, NOVIB, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Foundation, ACT Netherlands, a joint project of Kerkinactie and ICCO, and the many individuals who contributed to Human Rights Watchs Iraq emergency fund.