This report is based primarily on research in Sri Lanka in February-March 2007 and continuing fact-gathering up to the time of publication. All secondary sources are cited.

The report was written by Charu Lata Hogg, researcher in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, and Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher. Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division, James Ross, legal and policy director, and Ian Gorvin, consultant to the Program Office at Human Rights Watch, edited the report. Andrea Cottom, associate for the Asia Division, formatted the report. Production assistance was provided by Fitzroy Hepkins, Andrea Holley, and Grace Choi.

Human Rights Watch thanks the Sri Lankan lawyers, journalists, humanitarian workers, and human rights activists who provided information and analysis for the report. Above all, thanks go to the victims and witnesses of abuse in Sri Lanka who recounted their experiences in the interest of publicizing violations and bringing perpetrators to account.