Human Rights House of Iran – On May 24, Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki was placed in solitary confinement, 3 days after he started a hunger strike to protest his arbitrary detention.
On May 24, blogger, university student and human rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki (Babak Khorramdin), was placed in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Priosn, 3 days after he started a hunger strike to protest his ongoing arbitrary detention and the lack of medical treatment.
According to a RAHANA reporter, Ronaghi’s relatives have said that he is in poor health and his severe kidney problems have remained untreated.
In a short phone call, which was arranged by intelligence agents, Ronaghi told his parents (who are not Tehran residents) that he is under pressure as a result of their presence in the capital as well as their efforts to seek information. The blogger said that he has been ordered to ask his parents to return to their city. Ronaghi’s cough bursts disrupted the short phone call repeatedly, making it impossible for his parents to understand his words.
Intelligence agents and interrogators have in the past put Ronaghi under pressure on several occasions to force him into making false televised confessions; the rights activist, however, remains defiant and has refused to collaborate with the interrogators.
Ronaghi has been allowed 2 face-to face visits with his family during his 6 months of detention, is still under interrogation, and has yet to be tried.