Monthly Archives: April 2011

My son’s health is deteriorating every day and no one is held accountable

Human Rights House of Iran – My son’s health is deteriorating every day and no one is held accountable.

Imprisoned blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who is suffering from a serious kidney ailment is not receiving medical care and is banned from medical prison leave.

The family of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki visited him in prison today and discussed his deteriorating health in an interview with Kalame. “As we have in the past few months, we again visited judiciary and prison officials pleading with them to allow Hossein a medical leave from prison. But again, nobody will answer our pleas. They will not allow Hossein to receive necessary medical care. We don’t know what else to do.”

This blogger’s father added, ”We travel to Tehran every week in hopes of visiting him. We are so worried about his grave physical condition. His Kidneys are infected and doctors have said that he needs immediate surgery. But authorities will not allow the surgery to take place. We will stay in Tehran hoping that maybe there is something we can do for our child.”

As a reminder, in the beginning of January of this year Hossein was taken to Modares Hospital in Tehran due to his declining health. At that time the doctors at Modares Hospital said that his ailment is very serious and he needs to get urgent surgery.

This imprisoned blogger’s health continued to deteriorate and in February he was transferred to a hospital again. This time he was taken to Baghyallah Hospital located on Mollasadra Street. The doctors in this hospital also recommended immediate surgery but Hossein was taken back to prison because the cost of the operation was too high.

Prison officials said that they could not pay for this prisoner’s surgery. This is despite the fact that Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s family had already come up with the necessary funds and they told prison officials that they would pay for the operation. Despite this, medical care was denied to Hossein.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested on December 13, 2009 at his father’s house and transferred to Evin prison. He spent about 10 months in solitary confinement in Evin’s Ward 2A which is under the jurisdiction of the Revolutionary Guards. He was put under severe psychological and physical duress. With an ambiguous judicial process Hossein’s trial took place in October 2010 and the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to 15 years in prison. The Court of Appeals later upheld his sentencing.  Hossein is now serving his sentence in Ward 350 of Evin prison.

Hossein Ronaghi

Hossein Derakhshan back in Evin prison after end of his prison furlough

Hossein Derakhshan who is a blogger sentenced to 19.5 years in jail, was granted prison leave and is now back behind bars. He was allowed out of prison on March 20, 2011 and went back to prison on March 26th.

According to Human Rights House of Iran he was able to go on prison leave again two days later, on March 28, and again returned to prison on April 3rd.

Hossein Derakhshan is at present serving his 19.5-year sentence behind bars at Evin prison.

Hossein had returned to Iran in October 2008 and was arrested and incarcerated shortly after his arrival on October 10, 2008.

Derakhshan was charged with “co-operating with hostile states”, “propaganda against the regime”,” “insulting the holy” and “creating and overseeing vulgar & obscene websites.”  He was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison along with a 5year ban on taking part in any media activities. Presiding Judge Salavati also fined Hossein in the amount of 30,500 Euros, 2,900 Dollars and 200 British Pounds.

Hossein Derakhshan