Office Break-in at Human Rights Network-Uganda
5th May 2014
On Sunday night the Human Rights Network-Uganda offices were broken into by unknown persons. The office security system was completely disabled, the server taken and two safes broken into. Other equipment such as computers, surveillance cameras, sensitive files, reports were also taken. Investigations to verify actual inventory of the stolen and vandalised items is ongoing.
The break-in at HURINET-U follows a trend of similar occurrences on organisations involved in human rights promotion and protection in Uganda. Previously, we have seen organisations like ACCU, FHRI, EHAHRDP, AGHA among others broken into under similar circumstances. Usually information stores and servers are targeted with potential aim of derailing their work.
As National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders we are concerned by the increasing trend of targeted attacks to premises of human rights organisations.
“What has happened today is a wave of criminality that continues to hit the sector”, states Mr. Ndifuna Muhammed, Executive Director of HURINET-U, “in the last six months we have witnessed incidents that target HRDs. We are concerned that we have not seen anyone brought to book.”
We implore Human Rights Organisations to remain steadfast in their work and such acts should not in any way be deterrence to their continued promotion and protection of Human Rights in Uganda.
“We call upon the government to provide protection to civil society and we wish to emphasize that the UN Declaration on HRDs imposes that duty on the state” stated Ms. Margret Sekaggya, Executive Director Human Rights Centre.
We call on the Uganda Police to expeditiously invesigate circumstances under which such incidents occur.
For further information please contact:
Executive Director/ Chairperson National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders
Human Rights Network Uganda