Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki transferred from prison to the hospital

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Jailed blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki with gastrointestinal bleeding and in very grave health was transferred to the hospital emergency department today.

According to CHRR, his father reported that Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who is on his 20th day of hunger strike was transferred to Shahid Modarres Hospital today August 28 around 1 pm. This is his second hospital visit in less than a week; a few days ago on August 24th Hossein was transferred to the hospital and was returned behind bars after a few hours.

Hossein Ronaghi’s family shared that they provided all of Hossein’s official medical records detailing his illnesses to the authorities and still medical furlough was denied. Seyed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki announced that he was again requesting that the Tehran Prosecutor Abas Jafari Dolatabadi either grant prison release or medical furlough for his ailing son Hossein Ronaghi so that he can receive necessary medical care. He added that no matter how many times he has visited and called the prosecutor’s office, he has not been given any answer. Ahmad Ronaghi while expressing his great worry said that if Hossein’s situation continued to be ignored his son would end up losing his life.

Blogger Hossein Ronaghi was detained on December 13, 2009 and was held in solitary confinement for over 10 months and tortured under heavy interrogations. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison stemming from his internet activities. While in prison due to the torture he endured Hossein Ronaghi was inflicted with various illnesses including loss of function in his kidneys along with gastrointestinal, heart and bladder problems.

Hossein Ronaghi launched a hunger strike on August 9 in protest of his situation being ignored by authorities. Zoleikha Mousavi, Hossein’s mother also went on hunger strike on August 20th in support of her son. The judiciary and the prosecutor’s office have so far refused to pay heed to the situation despite Hossein Ronaghi’s very grave health. In the past days, human rights organizations, activists and their families have expressed their grave concern for Ronaghi’s health and asked that the ruling apparatus grant medical furlough. In a letter from Evin prison to the prosecutor, 41 political prisoners expressed their concern and warned about the declining health of the jailed blogger.


حسين رونقي ملكي به علت خونريزي معده به بيمارستان مدرس اعزام شد


Hossein and dad

41 prisoners make statement to Tehran Prosecutor: Hossein Ronaghi’s condition is dangerous

41 political prisoners in Evin Prison’s Ward 350 in a witness statement warned the Tehran Prosecutor that Hossein Ronaghi who has been on hunger strike for over 2 weeks is in very poor health and if the officials continue being unresponsive and negligent they could turn a bad situation into a catastrophe.

According to Kaleme on Friday August 9, after authorities refused to pay attention when doctors recommended furlough, Hossein Ronaghi embarked on a hunger strike and announced that he was also protesting the situation of other prisoners behind bars. Ronaghi wrote a letter to the Tehran Prosecutor at that time and detailed his reasons for going on hunger strike.

When authorities continued to ignore his needs and refused to talk to his family, Ronaghi’s mother Zoleikha Mousavi also went on hunger strike on Tuesday August 20 in support of her son. She said that she tried everything to no avail and was left with no other option besides going on hunger strike.

The full text of the letter provided to Keleme, signed on August 22 and copied to the Tehran Prosecutor is as follows:

Greetings Tehran Prosecutor,

With respect we would like to inform you that we the below signatories announce that with Hossein Ronaghi’s physical condition plunging to dangerous levels, his life is at risk with every passing moment and he is now in a great danger. After his 2009 arrest Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was inflicted with kidney disease, inflammation of the prostate and bladder, gastrointestinal bleeding, and angina with chest pains.

You are no doubt very well aware that these types of patients must be under constant medical care but unfortunately the disregard and negligence on the part of those in charge has reached a point that a very bad situation can turn into a catastrophe. It must be mentioned that 14 days have gone by since his hunger strike.

Please before the physical condition of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki reaches a critical point with the damage done, take the steps to transfer him to a hospital where he can receive his necessary medical care.

Thursday August 22, 2013

Names of Signatories:

1-    Hassan Assadi Zeidabadi

2-    Seyed Mohammad Ebrahimi

3-    Amir Islami

4-    Reza Entezari

5-    Ibrahim Babayi

6-    Mostafa Badkoobei

7-    Emad Bahavar

8-    Omid Behrouzi

9-    Ghorban BezadianNejad

10- Seyed Alireza Beheshti Shirazi

11- Kamyar Parsa

12-Masoud Pedram

13- Mehdi Tajik

14- Amin Chalaki

15- Ali Khodabakhsh

16- Mostafa Daneshjoo

17- Mohammad Davari

18- Amir Khosro Dalirsani

19- Hootan Dolati

20- Mohammad Sadegh Rabbani Amlashi

21- Alireza Rajai

22- Mohammad Rezai

23- Alireza Roshan

24- Mostafa Rismanbaf

25- Hossein Zariyati

26- Mehrdad Sarjooyi

27- Mostafa Abdi

28- Feizollah Arabsorkhi

29- Siyamak Ghaderi

30- Afshin Kermpour

31- Hamid Karvasi

32- Omid Koukabi

33- Saeed Madani

34- Hamid Reza Moradi

35- Yaeghoub Maleki

36- Abdollah Momeni

37- Mohsen Mirdamadi

38- Seyed Ahmad Hashemi

39- Mohammad Amin Hadavi

40- Farshid Yadollahi

41- Mohammad Hassan Yousef Pourseifi



Hossein Ronaghi Maleki in dire physical condition

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – The health of jailed blogger Hossein Ronaghi has been rapidly plunging to dangerous levels as he enters his 18th day of hunger strike today. His mother Zoleikha Mousavi also embarked on a hunger strike one week ago in support of her ailing son.

According to CHRR, Hossein Ronaghi who was inflicted with kidney disease was taken to the hospital and back to prison two days ago on August 24th with bleeding in his kidneys and gallbladder. Based on the conducted tests at that time, Ronaghi’s kidneys are inflamed and inflicted with hydronephrosis; distention of his ureter on both sides and obstruction in his uterine tract leading to intense pains in his flank area. The bleeding in his kidneys and loss of protein has caused the dangerous plummeting of his health.

There has also been concern for the physical state of Hossein Ronaghi’s mother Zoleikha Mousavi who is on her 7th day of hunger strike. Zoleikha Mousavi who went on hunger strike in the past, suffers from a serious heart condition and high blood pressure.

Hossein Ronaghi, blogger and Internet activist who is one of the founding members of Iran Proxy – a group that bypassed Internet censorship with proxy servers – was violently arrested on December 13, 2009 at his parental home in the city of Melikan and was transferred to Ward 2A in Evin Prison [under control of IRGC]. Hasan Ronaghi Maleki, Hossein’s brother was also detained at that time, was tortured and used as a tool in an attempt to intimidate his brother.

In protest of his mistreatment, Hossein Ronaghi went on hunger strike in May 2010 and when the efforts to follow-up on the part of his family were ignored, his mother also went on hunger strike for 2 weeks demanding to get some answers. In July 2010 Hossein Ronaghi went on hunger strike again lasting 10 days in protest of the extensive pressure and mistreatment by his interrogators. He was subjected to intense psychological abuse and physical torture in efforts to coerce him into making a false televised confession, which he refused.

Hossein Ronaghi was held in solitary confinement in Evin’s Ward 2A which is under the jurisdiction of the IRGC for over 10 months before his trial took place.  On December 1, 2010 Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi handed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki a 15-year prison sentence. Among his charges were “membership in Iran Proxy,” “insulting the leadership, and “insulting the Islamic Republic.”

On August 22, 2012 Hossein Ronaghi who had been on medical leave from prison was detained along with his father and brother, Ahmad and Hasan Ronaghi Maleki, and 33 other volunteers and social activists who had gone to the aid of earthquake victims in the province of Azerbaijan. He later received another 2.6 years in prison stemming from charges related to his volunteer work, bringing his total prison term to 17.6 years.

On May 21, 2013 Hossein Ronaghi who had undergone surgery a few weeks prior turned himself in at Evin prison per a summons to return behind bars despite doctor’s orders for recovery in a suitable environment with access to his medical needs.

On Friday August 9, Hossein Ronaghi embarked on a hunger strike in protest of the prisoners’ treatment behind bars and the denial of medical leave for sick prisoners. His visit to Hasheminejad Hospital has raised concerns about his health. Physicians warned that with his impaired kidney function, hypotension and the recent sharp increase in his heart rate, his health is at great risk and his situation is very dangerous. There is grave concern for the possibility of a heart attack, which with his young age and illnesses could have catastrophic consequences. Despite the dangerous risk to his health his legal right to medical furlough has so far been ignored.


حسین رونقی ملکی‌ در وضعیت خطرناک جسمی‌ است

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki in dire physical condition 

Hossein Ronaghi & mom

Shahin Najafi, words for Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Hossein…. Hossein…. Hossein… Babak Khorramdin… youth of the cyberspace frontiers… Hossein on hunger strike, Hossein without a kidney, Hossein sick in prison, Hossein the stubborn, Hossein crazy in love. This post has no credits brother because you are still alive and being alive negates you. You will become alive for us when you die! I have smelled this in every cell of my body. When was it? I was talking to Ahmad, and to Parisa, and I was saying, “What is this crazy guy doing with himself? Why doesn’t he break it?” I am angry Hossein. I am so angry that my blood has turned into the chemical laced blood of the Syrian children; with the odor of the bruised bodies in Egypt; the color of the broken heads in Taksim Square in Turkey. You know why you have stayed and you know well that here on the outside you have to immerse your head in the lonely struggle, shed tears, and be drenched in a human rights environment that has been dragged through the mud. You will have to hold your pen, and be a beggar for rights that are inalienable and obvious. Or you stay there, with eyes towards hopes conceived, with the key of moderation closed, without a smile, longing for the enormous locks of your land to be unlocked. My brother, I still have not become so caught up with myself and winning my bread to forget you. Now your mother is on hunger strike too and I am so full of sorrow and shame my Hossein. I don’t know where I stand in this world for you, but know that there are more than a few heartbeats that breathe your devotion with you. Do not look at the massive campsite of the muted majority; do not look at those cheering from outside the ring; or those coffee shop dwellers with a drink in their hand and their rosary on their lips. I do not speak to you but only speak of you and you know well what you are doing; even without eyes you can see and you know that you cannot be held at the level of yellow journalism and political news for us, so that we the cultural rebels, the know-it-alls, the poets, the artists and critics, what do we do with the champions, the superheroes, the fashioned martyrs and worshipped carcasses. We want you alive. We want you. When a human being is faced with you, upright individual with your virtuous determination and unmatched principles, there is no escape aside from tears.

With anger and love and tears

Shahin Najafi

August 25, 2013


Hossein & his motherShahin Najafi

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki: letter to my mother

Hossein Ronagh’s letter to his mother regarding his quest for human rights.


Greetings my beloved mother who means more than life to me!

I know there is no need for introductions when speaking to you. In all these painful years you have respected my beliefs and along with other mothers like yourself, you supported your child’s endeavor to obtain dignity and freedom for our motherland, our beloved Iran. You have given your support even though your efforts have been the source of grief, anxiety and much hardship.

Mother! You know that suppressing a person by designating him/her as a political prisoner is leveraged as the ultimate pressure upon those who do not forgo their promise of making a contribution towards freedom of our nation. But the authoritarians who tell lies and rule through dictatorship are well aware that they cannot impose their wishes on us by force. Those who in the name of religion drew the people’s blood during the sacred month, generated the atrocity at Kahrizak, tortured the children of Iran and imprisoned them, are well aware that one day they will have to answer to their actions. According to what God has conveyed in the Quran, all tyrants will suffer the consequences of their evil deeds.

My dear mother! I look at you and I see the result of the tumultuous times drawn upon your face. In your eyes I see the yearning, the pain and the grief. On the one hand I hate myself for being the catalyst of your suffering and on the other hand I am comforted knowing that you did not raise me to be weak and helpless.

Mother as a result of the principles and ideals that you instilled in me and taught me to honor, I have been able to journey through the darkest days. You were tenacious and you taught me perseverance. You told me these days would pass and eventually each would have their day. In the last days of my solitary confinement you told me about the women’s ward, the female prisoners and their gallant courage. With your melancholy voice you led me to serenity and I became calm. It was as simple as that.

My devoted mother! Do you recall how a little while ago in the aftermath of the Azerbaijan earthquake you stayed up till dawn packaging the items for the victims, and instead of trying to dissuade me from going to the earthquake stricken area, you supported and encouraged me? Even after my arrest and the difficult plight that ensued you never said, “You made a mistake, Hossein!” When I was embarking on my journey to the earthquake stricken region, despite the worry in your eyes you saw me off with your blessing. Despite the considerable torment and suffering you have endured, you told me of the displaced and destitute earthquake stricken people with no shelter in the bitter cold. In the face of all the oppression that you have sustained, it is still you who has not forgone your sense of responsibility and deep compassion.

My devoted mother! When the human blood is spilled because of power and tyranny, the cries will turn forceful and rise into storms. Yes, from the anonymous homes, to the empty tables, to the wails of mothers, to the locks of prison, to yesterday’s grief, to the bloody present, to the joyful tomorrow, flame to flame, chain to chain, a hurricane will be formed that will break the shackles of bondage. Tyranny will be destroyed and its corrupt ideology will be exposed. That is the day when freedom will emerge and liberate the oppressed people.

My kind-hearted mother! Freedom is a human right and at its helm is dignity and humanity. There are scores of men and women who have endured prison and torture in the path towards a taste of freedom and justice. And I am another one of them. Imprisonment is not the answer to free expression. I will continue my protest in prison against the disregard for the law and criminal behavior of the oppressor; I will never be silent vis-à-vis the repression and injustice that is taking place. I will continue my protest by hunger strike, which is the last resort in demanding the most basic human rights when the ruling apparatus pays no heed to our cries. With hopes that just like before the people of my country will hear our cries and give their support to my companions and me.

Do not shed tears; I have faith that brighter days await us.

Your son Hossein

Evin Prison

Tuesday, November 7, 2012

The meaning of life for me is being with you

Close, far

Full, hungry

Yearning, joyful

Lest! The moment that is without you

The notion of my death

In your honor, by your side

Is the expression of your life

And the meaning of love

In the long run

With you, always with you, living for you

Oh land of mine!

~Fereydoon Moshiri


Hossein Ronaghi & mother

Hossein Ronaghi’s mother has launched a hunger strike

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Hossein Ronaghi’s mother Zokheila Mousavi started a hunger strike on Tuesday August 20th, in support of her son and in protest of her son’s situation being ignored by the ruling apparatus. Hossein Ronaghi, who in the past days was inflicted with bleeding in his kidneys and gallbladder while held behind bars, is now on his 14th day of hunger strike.

In an earlier interview Mrs. Mousavi had stated, “Hossein started a hunger strike on Friday August 9, but no matter how much we follow-up, the judicial authorities give us no answers. If they continue to ignore us, and keep my son behind bars in the next few days I will also launch a hunger strike in front of the prosecutors office and maybe this way somebody will hear our voice.”

Seyed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of this human rights activist said in an earlier interview with CHRR shared his son’s dire physical situation. He said that despite the fact that specialist physicians had ordered Hossein Ronaghi to receive proper post-op care in a suitable environment for recovery, the ruling apparatus refused to comply and sent his son back to prison. He also said that Hossein now suffers from gastrointestinal bleeding and has been vomiting, yet medical furlough has been denied.

Hossein Ronaghi, blogger and Internet activist who is one of the founding members of Iran Proxy – a group that bypassed Internet censorship with proxy servers – was violently arrested on December 13, 2009 at his parental home in the city of Melikan located near Tabriz and was transferred to Ward 2A in Evin Prison [under control of IRGC]. Hasan Ronaghi Maleki, Hossein’s brother was also detained at that time despite the fact that he had not engaged in any political activities. Hasan was tortured and used as a tool in an attempt to intimidate his brother. For over10 months Hossein Ronaghi was held in solitary confinement in Evin’s Ward 2A which is under the jurisdiction of the IRGC. He was subjected to intense psychological abuse and physical torture in efforts to coerce him into making a false televised confession, which he refused.

On December 1, 2010 Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by judge Pir Abassi handed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki a 15-year prison sentence. Among his charges were “membership in Iran Proxy”, “insulting the leadership”, and “insulting the Islamic Republic.” In 2010 Hossein Ronaghi went on 2 hunger strikes in protest of prison conditions and the mistreatment of prisoners. His mother also went on a 2-week hunger strike to voice her support for her son.

On August 22, 2012 Hossein Ronaghi who had been on medical leave from prison was detained along with his father and brother, Ahmad and Hasan Ronaghi Maleki, and 33 other volunteers and social activists who had gone to the aid of earthquake victims in the province of Azerbaijan.

Ronaghi received a 2-year prison sentence handed on the charge of “gathering and collusion against national security” in the Azerbaijan earthquake zone. Per a ruling handed down by Branch 112 of the Tabriz Public Court, he was also sentenced to 6 months in prison on the charges of “endangering public health through distribution of moldy bread,” and “disobeying an officer.” With the additional rulings, the total sentence for Hossein Ronaghi Maleki increased to 17.6 years in prison.

This is the second time that Hossein Ronaghi’s mother Zokheila Mousavi has launched a hunger strike in support of her ailing son in prison. There is great worry for Hossein Ronaghi’s condition in consideration to the fact that other political prisoners have lost their lives while on hunger strike. Hoda Saber was a Meli-Mazhabi political prisoner who suffered a heart attack while on hunger strike and lost his life due to the lack of medical care in the prison facility.

Despite the very grave health of Hossein Ronaghi and his insistence on continuing his hunger strike, the Tehran Prosecutor, the IRGC Intelligence unit, and security apparatus insist on keeping him behind bars. They have insisted that Ronaghi Maleki be denied medical furlough stemming from his human rights activities while he was previously out of prison on medical release.

Zoleikha MousaviCHRR



Human rights groups condemn arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan

On August 10, 2013 Adilur Rahman Khan, a prominent activist from Bangladesh was arbitrarily arrested at his home by Detective Branch police forces. Mr. Rahman Khan is the Secretary of the Bangladeshi human rights organization Odhikar. When his wife went to the Gulshan Police Station the following day, the agents denied any knowledge regarding his whereabouts or situation.


However Mr. Rahman Khan was brought to the Magistrate Court that afternoon with a complaint lodged against him by the Detective Branch of the police force showing that he had been arrested under section 54 of the Criminal Procedural Code with the date of his arrest logged in on August 10th.  The Dhaka Metropolitan Police subsequently confirmed the arrest to the media, adding that Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan has been arrested under the Information and Communication Technology Act.


At the court session the Magistrate, Mr. Amit Kumar De went against normal procedures for a 10-day remand period for questioning and instead only granted 5 days. As a result Adilur Rahman Khan’s lawyers submitted a written request to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh challenging the lower court order.


During the Supreme Court session his attorney Khalilur Rahman requested a day for preparations but was denied due to what was classified as a matter of urgency. On August 13, the court session was held for Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan with his lawyer requesting a “division” at the Dhaka Central Jail in the accordance with the country’s Jail Codes. A “division” is separate areas reserved for inmates who are educated or not criminal offenders. The petition was rejected by the Magistrate and Adilur Rahman Khan was sent to Dhaka Central Jail and later transferred to Kashimpur jail where he is being held.


Adilur Rahman Khan who is a high-profile human rights activist was allegedly arrested due to a report by his organization Odhikar about the killing of 61 Hifazet-e Islam activists by law-enforcement agents during a protest on May 5, 2013 in the downtown Motiheel area. Odhikar is a leading human rights watchdog, which is outspoken against state abuses. The human rights activist is well known for covering human rights violations by security forces in his country. The Bangladeshi government denies the allegations and defends its actions against those it deems as spreading anti-government propaganda.


A number of international human rights groups and governments have condemned the arbitrary arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan, demanding his immediate release. In a statement, Brad Adams the Asia director at Human Rights Watch said, “the arrest of Adilur Khan appears to be an attempt to silence one of the Bangladeshi government’s most vocal critics prior to national elections.” Human rights organizations have expressed their grave concern that Adilur Rahman Khan could be tortured in custody and that his arrest was an attempt to instill fear and silence other activists.



Adilur Rahman Khan,