Human Rights House of Iran – On the 5th day of his hunger strike, Majid Tavakoli has started bleeding in the stomach, while there is no information on the fate of Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki who also went on hunger strike 5 days ago.
Concerns mount over the physical conditions of Majid Tavakoli and Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki as they enter the 5th day of their hunger strikes. Tavakoli, who suffers from lung problems, is said to be in critical condition, has started to bleed in the stomach and is no longer able to speak.
On May 23, Tavakoli started a hunger strike to protest his transfer to solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Many human rights and political activists have joined Tavakoli in his hunger strike, and have staged sit-ins outside Iranian embassies and offices of international organizations.
According to RAHANA, there is no information on the fate of Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki. His parents have come to the capital to seek information, but their efforts have been to no avail.
Ronaghi-Maleki was last heard of 2 days ago, when he was in his 3rd day of hunger strike. During a short phone call to his family, the blogger was not able to speak, and his family could not understand his words.
Majid Tavakoli, a student activist, was arrested on December 7, 2009, and subsequently sentenced to 8 years in prison. Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki remains detained at Ward 2A of Evin Priosn, since his arrest on December 13, 2009.
In a press release on May 25, Reporters and Human Rights Activists of Iran announced that they hold the Iranian authorities responsible for the safety and health of both activists.