Human Rights Watch would like to acknowledge invaluable assistance extended to its researcher during the research mission from two East Timorese human rights organizations, Forum Tau Matan and Perkumpulan HAK. Human Rights Watch would also like to acknowledge the help of Ray Murray, senior advisor to the minister and vice-minister of interior, and Karen Polglaze, former manager of NDIs security sector reform program in East Timor (2003-2005), for their editorial help and comments.
Charmain Mohamed, Indonesia and East Timor researcher for the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, wrote this report based on research she conducted in East Timor in May-June 2005. Philip Jakeman provided research assistance. Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division; Aisling Reidy, senior legal advisor; and Ian Gorvin, consultant to the Program Office, reviewed the report. Andrea Cottom, Fitzroy Hepkins, Andrea Holley, Rafael Jimenez, and Veronica Matushaj provided production assistance.