Statement on the office break-in at Chapter Four Uganda

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A screen grab from the CCTV footage showing one of the intruders at the reception area during the office break-in

Conduct transparent and conclusive investigations on NGO office break-ins to end attacks 

(March 18, 2021 / Kampala, Uganda) On the morning of Thursday March 18, 2021 at about 04:10 AM, unknown assailants broke into the offices of Chapter Four Uganda in Kololo, Kampala. The assailants accessed the reception area of the office through the window and made off with one office desktop computer. 

During the attack, the intruders attempted to access other sections of the office but the security alarm system at the premises which was triggered at 04:38 AM, prompting them to escape. 

We have filed a case of office break-in at Jinja Road Police Station and investigations have commenced. The tools that were used to break in to the office have been recovered. 

We are also working with our security service provider to review the security incident in addition to our independent assessments for appropriate action. The CCTV camera footage that we have retrieved is aiding the investigations. 

We note with concern that this is not an isolated incident. In the past few years, over 40 NGO office break-ins have been reported and they largely remain unresolved despite repeated calls for the government to ensure swift and transparent investigations to end the attacks. It is important that all NGO office break-ins be conclusively investigated and the assailants be charged in courts of law.

Chapter Four extends its appreciation to friends and partners who have expressed solidarity with the organization. We urge the government to take appropriate steps to ensure that human rights defenders and organizations work in free and safe environment.

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