Chapter Four Uganda has announced resumption of its operations following an issuance of a new permit by the National Bureau of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO Bureau).
“On June 8, 2022, Chapter Four Uganda received its new permit of operations issued by the National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO Bureau),” a statement from Chapter Four Uganda read.
He added: “We are delighted to officially announce to our clients, partners and the people of Uganda that the office is now open. We have resumed operations and all staff have returned to work.”
The reopening comes after a nine-month suspension by the NGO Bureau, a decision which Chapter Four Uganda challenged in Court.
Justice Musa Ssekaana ruled that the NGO Bureau must hear Chapter Four Uganda within one month, and this paved the way for the new permit and the re-opening.
Welcoming staff back to office, Dr Zahara Nampewo, Board Chair Chapter Four, said they have renewed their commitment to defend legal rights and reclaim respect for civic spaces and freedoms in Uganda.
“All services are fully operational, including emails and social media accounts. We thank all partners and stakeholders for their kind support and solidarity during the suspension period and throughout the five-month court process,” she said.
She added: “As a principled defender of rights, we will continue our work to pursue compliance with human rights law as guaranteed under the Constitution of Uganda and the applicable international and regional human rights instruments.”