This report was written on the basis of field research carried out in Diyarbakir and Bingöl provinces in November 2004, and through further telephone and written inquiries carried out in December 2004. The information was gathered from interviews with displaced people, government officials and nongovernmental specialists. The report was researched and written by Jonathan Sugden, Turkey Researcher in the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch. It was edited by Ben Ward, special counsel in the Europe and Central Asia division of Human Rights Watch, and Widney Brown, deputy program director for Human Rights Watch. Dinah PoKempner, general counsel for Human Rights Watch, provided legal review. Anna Sinelnikova, associate for the Europe and Central Asia Division, provided invaluable production and editorial assistance.
Human Rights Watch is grateful to the Association for Solidarity with Migrants and Culture (Göç-Der), the Turkish Human Rights Association (HRA), and especially Rıdvan Kızgın, president of the Bingöl branch of the HRA, for their contributions to this report. We thank the many internally displaced villagers who shared their stories with us, and we hope that this report will encourage the Turkish government to take prompt action, in collaboration with the international community, to establish effective support for IDPs living in the cities or returning to the countryside.