This report is based on research conducted by Michael Shaikh and Marc Garlasco, and was written by Marc Garlasco, senior military analyst for the Emergencies Program at Human Rights Watch. The report was edited by Brad Adams, Asia director; Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies Program director; and Joe Saunders, Human Rights Watch deputy program director. James Ross, Legal and Policy director, provided legal review.
Production and technical assistance was provided by Dominique Chambless, associate in the Asia division. Pema Abrahams, intern in the Asia division, provided database support. Research assistance was provided by Brendan Gray, intern in the Emergencies Program. Enrique Piraces, content management specialist, prepared the online multimedia. Grace Choi, publications director, prepared the report for publication, and John Emerson commissioned the map and charts. Additional production assistance was provided by Anna Lopriore, Rafael Jimenez, Fitzroy Hepkins, and Jose Martinez.
Human Rights Watch is deeply grateful to the Afghan men, women, and children whom we interviewed for this report and who assisted us in our investigations. For security reasons, none can be named here. We thank the staff and officials of nongovernmental organizations and UN agencies in Afghanistan, including UNICEF, UNAMA, and UNIFEM, who have assisted us with our work, as well as our Afghan translators and interpreters, and the numerous other sources who provided helpful comments, advice, and information. Human Rights Watch also acknowledges the assistance of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, officials in the International Security Assistance Force and the Afghanistan NGO Security Office. Human Rights Watch is appreciative of the numerous interviews granted by US and NATO military and civilian officials. In particular, we would like to thank the members of the Judge Advocate General Corps, NATO Headquarters, Kabul; US military personnel at Bagram Air Base; military planners at the Combined Air Operations Center, Doha; and the NATO Media Operations Center, Brussels.
Human Right Watch thankfully acknowledges the support of Mary and Michael E. Gellert.