28-year-old blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, is on hunger strike in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison because he is being denied vital medical treatment....
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This hunger strike is in protest of, and to make a complaint about: The abuse and interventions in judicial matters by the Sepah Intelligence Corps, and the Intelligence Ministry. The loss of independence of the Judiciary Branch. To restore the Constitution, Judicial procedures, judicial independence, and; To restore the rights of political prisoners and their families (rights such as, use of furlough, use of telephone and visitation right and etc.).” ...
An imprisoned Iranian blogger suffering from kidney failure has begun a hunger strike to protest against maltreatment during detention.
In a recent letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, jailed activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki said that he was going on hunger strike to protest the repeated denial of medical furlough.
In an interview with Radio Farda, Ronaghi Maleki’s father said that the authorities had continually denied his son medical leave despite his dire health condition in Evin Prison. Since his arrest in December 2009, Hossein has undergone surgery five times due to kidney failure developed under torture.
“He [Hossein] says he’s suffering from severe kidney pain ... My son was healthy before they destroyed his kidneys,” Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki. “He says he’s gone on hunger strike ‘because they [the authorities] want to kill me’.” ...
Protesting lack of proper medical treatment and denial of medical furlough, Imprisoned blogger and HR activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has started a hunger strike. ...
According to doctors who have studied this CT Scan, Hossein’s right kidney is also not functioning properly and if surgery is not performed immediately, he will lose his right kidney also.
Previously, Hossein Ronaghi had said due to earlier failed Pyeloplasty surgeries he is in need of additional surgery. Delay in surgery will cause him to lose both his kidneys and will result in both kidneys being removed.
It should be noted that to reduce pain, Hossein is being injected on a daily bases with painkillers and with morphine which has caused him to develop gallstones.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, one of the Managing Directors of Iran Proxy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court. He has been in prison since December of 2009.
Sepah intelligence agents (IRGC) stormed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s hospital room today. Hossein who was hospitalized in critical condition due to complications from his hunger strike was transferred to a different room in the same hospital and was banned him from visit. They also threatened his family not to publish any information about Hossein’s condition.
Following is a translation of Hossein Ronaghi’s letter to Arash Sadeghi as published by the Kalameh site:
O gentle breeze, I don’t have the way to my beloved’s house
The moment my parents told me that you have gone on a hunger strike in support of your friend, I felt both joy and sorrow. I was joyful to have you ever so strong and steadfast by my side and sorrowful that despite your dire health you have launched a hunger strike.
You know well that your steadfastness, your patience, your aptitude, your honesty and your gentle soul are not things that I will ever forget.
My dear brother,
I know after you were arrested by IRGC’s Intelligence on July 9, 2009 and sent to Eshrat Abad detention center, what they did to you and what tortures you endured.
I know you were arrested after Ashura (mass protests of Dec 2009), what Yazids (Ommiad caliph, by whose order Imam Hossein, son of Imam Ali, was martyred) tormented you. Your afflicted injured body and your blackened eyes were the manifestations of this Karbela event (site of the martyrdom of Emam Hosein).
I know that today, you are standing tall in the tyrants’ solitary confinement, enduring all the tortures and hardships. But, you do not accept this humiliation; you hold your head up high and will not bend against tyranny so that we all can learn from you the true meaning of freedom and steadfastness.
I do not know the pain of losing a mother as a result of a viscious raid by the puppeteers of despotism, but you know it very well and you understand this pain and anguish.
My steadfast comrade,
We are in an era who’s humanity values have been totally destroyed and replaced by non-human values. An era in which the freedom seekers and their values are under attack by the oppressors.
With our patience, steadfastness and perseverance, we must remove obscurities and darkness, and replace it with luminosity. We must remove injustice and establish justice.
We both know that before this brotherhood that we have, your steadfastness and your free-mindedness were evident to me.
For this reason, I ask that you put an end to your hunger strike. This is the request of your comrade and your friend. I hope that you ultimately reach this same conclusion my dear friend.
I pray that these assailants against the light know that, “Sometimes, flames from a sigh’s wrath can be destructive, and sometimes a lament can break the back of an army”
Tehran: Imprisoned Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who is suffering from kidney disease, has gone on a hunger strike. According to his latest CT scan, one of his kidney is non functional and the other kidney is in need of surgery.
A group of activist on twitter are planning a tweet storm on Monday, May 28th and asking everyone to join and help Mr. Ronaghi Maleki get the medical help that he needs. Ronaghi Maleki is being injected everyday with pain killers and morphine in order to control the pain he is enduring, which in turn has caused him to have a gallbladder. The activists hope that if enough international attention is brought to Ronaghi Maleki’s case, the government of Iran will give him the medical attention that he needs. ...
...Hussein Ronaghi Maleki, whose legal right to furlough since his incarceration has always been denied, has been told that his temporary release is subject to his willingness to make a false confession. Hossein has endured relentless intimidation and abuse as means to coerce him into making a confession during the televised trials.
During his 3 years in prision Hossein has been transferred to the hospital four times. On his last visit to the hospital on April 9th 2012, he was again told, that he was in need of an operation. However he had to refuse the treatment since he would not be given a medical leave for recovery after the operation.
The only way that he might get his medical leave is through an international pressure on the judiciary system of Iran. We urge all human rights activists to do whatever they can to help this young man get the medical care that he needs.
According to reports by Kalameh, human rights activist, blogger Sayed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, suffered kidney damage due to torture by the interrogators. Ronaghi is now refusing any treatment or new surgery due to the continued interference by IRGC (Sepah) and the interrogators in his case.
This incarcerated blogger has already gone under four operations at Hasheminejad hospital, but each time was returned to prison during recovery time and before treatment was complete. This caused his kidney operations to be unsuccessful and he again suffered bleeding and infection. ...