Monthly Archives: June 2010

Majid Tavakoli’s health deteriorating in Evin prison

One of Majid Tavakoli’s prison mates contacted his family today and informed them of Tavakoli’s dire physical condition. According to those close to Tavakoli, he is now suffering from abdominal bleeding resulting from severe coughs.  Despite the concerns raised by Tavakoli’s prison mates, prison officials have yet to transfer him to the infirmary at Evin prison.  Tavakoli’s physical condition has deteriorated to the extent that he is no longer able to speak on the phone.  After days of no news, although he contacted his mother briefly today, he was unable to speak to her for long due to his incessant coughing.

According to Daneshjoo News, Majid Tavakoli a renowned Iranian student activist who was transferred to Evin’s ward 350 in the later part of June, is suffering from a rapidly deteriorating health but prison officials have ignored the situation.

Tavakoli was previously transferred to solitary confinement and  subjected to extreme physical pressure by prison officials and Intelligent Ministry agents as a result of  letters he wrote criticizing prison conditions. It has also been reported that during this time, his life was even threatened.  Tavakoli’s health began deteriorating while he was on a dry hunger strike in solitary confinement. In the past few days, his physical condition has rapidly  worsonned.

Human Rights House of Iran

Majid Tavakoli

Mourning Mothers Visit Home of Neda Agha Soltan’s Mother

Report regarding the gathering of the Mourning Mothers with the mother of Neda Agha Soltan

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of the Mourning Mothers along with the mothers of Mostafa Karimbegi and Ramin Ramezani paid a visit to Neda’s mother to ask her to no longer wear her black mourning clothes.

Three mothers spoke of their loved ones at the gathering:

Neda’s mother spoke of the anniversary of Neda’s death. She explained the ceremony took place with tight security. Around 5:30pm, security agents escorted her from the metro station all the way to Neda’s gravestone. The security agents did not allow anyone to get close to the tombstone. Seven tried to get close to the tomb and three of them were arrested. They were eventually set free due to the insistence of Neda’s mother.

Neda’s mother said, “when I complained to the security agents and asked why I don’t have the freedom to go anywhere I want anytime I want, they responded that if I got hurt by the police forces or plainclothes forces then they would have to answer to the nation and to the world.”

She continued, “At 6:10pm, the time when Neda was killed, I began to scream her name into the sky. By 6:20pm, security forces asked me to leave Behesht Zahra and they escorted me outside of the cemetery.”

Mostafa Karibeigi’s mother spoke a little about the memories of her son and described how in the 26 years of his life, she enjoyed every moment spent with Mostafa.

Ramin Ramezani’s mother spoke of the pain of knowing that it was not foreign enemies that killed her son; it was Ramin’s own countrymen who killed him and who claimed to be Muslims.

At the end of the ceremony, the mothers sang songs, “From the Blood of the Country’s Youth” and “Yare Dabestani” to honor the memories of all the martyrs for freedom in Iran.

– Mourning Mothers


Hossein Ronaghi Maleki Remains in Solitary Confinement

Human Rights House of Iran – In a phone call from Evin Prison, blogger and rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, told his family that he remains in solitary confinement despite his dire physical condition.

In a phone call on May 31, blogger and rights activist, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, told his family that he remains in dire physical condition in a solitary cell in Tehran’s Evin prison.

According to a RAHANA reporter, during the short phone call, Ronaghi described the conditions in his cell as deprolable. His voice was shaking during the conversation, and his family is extremely worried over his well-being.
Ronaghi has been banned from talking about his physical condition in future phone calls.

Hossein Ronaghi