PRESS RELEASE: ANTABAN demands immediate release of the youth activists arrested over Trisha Cee’s death protests
On Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 a group of youth and citizens including members from Anataban gathered to peacefully demonstrate at Mobil Roundabout in Juba. The following is the reason for our actions:
On Monday 29th March 2021, a gruesome accident occurred in which a water tank driver recklessly ran over 4 innocent road-users including our Anataban member, artist Trisha Cosmos alias Trisha C. All of whom passed on by the end of the day. Three on spot, while Trisha was rushed to the hospital to try and save her life. At Juba Teaching Hospital, however, it took over 3 hours to give blood despite the blood donors being adequately and timely present. It’s also worth noting that the blood bank was found closed when its services were needed the most. Negligence, recklessness, and poor health facilities and services continue to be one of the leading causes of avoidable deaths countrywide.
Anataban and the youth of South Sudan are deeply concerned over the poor management of national institutions clearly expressed by The National Hospital’s handling of the issue and the subsequent increase of ongoing silencing and dehumanization of youth peaceful and nation-building ideas.
We call upon the responsible personnel and institutions to act on our below demands;
- Police and the Judiciary; to follow up with the case and ensure justice for the lost lives prevails.
- The President; immediately create an independent National Hospitals Management Authority to look into the National hospital management deficiencies.
- Form 8 application; the police should consider establishing functional police units within the main hospitals to ensure timely provision and delivery of emergency services.
- Address the following traffic-related concerns;
- Traffic Licensing office; to consider revising license issuance to drivers in general especially truck drivers, and make it a prerequisite to ONLY give licenses to qualified and experienced drivers.
- The traffic police should consider introducing speed limits of not more than 40km/h within the city.
- Clear marking and provisions of zebra signs and crossing on the roads
- The city council and traffic police should have clear scrutiny over vehicles that are offering services to the public. i.e. water trucks.
- The Ministry of Water and Irrigation: Provision of clean water is a basic human right, the government should take the needed steps to ensure there is running water in Juba and reduce the dependence on water trucks.
- The police and all security agents; to adhere to the constitution and respect freedom of expression, rights to assembly, and peaceful demonstration
- The release of the peaceful demonstrators who were arbitrarily arrested or detained on 30th March 2021 by all the security agencies. Over 20 peaceful protesters have been arrested/detained as of this afternoon. We will share their names later if they are not released today.