Hossein Ronaghi’s request to Ayatollah Khamenei: Address this grave situation.
Following is the letter by Hossein Ronaghi to Ayatollah Khamenei published in kaleme
Sep 1, 2013
Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic,
Those who hear the words, and act accordingly with good grace, are the ones who are wise and guided by God.
Without introduction I hereby declare that I Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was ordered back to prison per order of the Tehran Prosecutor on May 21, 2013 despite loss of function in my kidneys and against doctors’ orders. Unfortunately during the past 3 months that I have been held behind bars, my illness has severely worsened due to the poor nutrition and inadequate prison medical facility with no access to specialized physicians who would be able to take care of my medical needs. For this reason, in protest of the blatant disregard on the part of officials for the health and the life of prisoners, I have been on hunger strike for 24 days. My mother Zoleikha Mousavi is on her 13th day of hunger strike in support of the human rights of her son. But despite this, those in charge pay no attention to my dire situation or to the condition of my mother. They are trying to make what they said become a reality; that eventually I will die in prison. This approach is immoral, against religion and against the law.
Your Excellency Ayatollah Khamenei,
I am an Iranian youth who was born and raised in this land. Contrary to the claims by some that I along with many like myself are enemies of the state, I am a young Iranian who contemplates the national interests of my people and my country. Like many of the youth of this nation, we prefer death in our own country to life anywhere else.
I have been returned to prison with kidney disease – inflammation, infection, bleeding, damage and loss of function in my kidneys, inflammation of my prostate and bladder, bleeding in my stomach and gastrointestinal tract, frequent urination, and angina. According to the physicians who examined me, the combination of my high heart rate and low blood pressure has put me at great risk of a heart attack.
I am lodging a complaint about my current situation, the imprudence of certain officials, the insistence of the interrogators from the IRGC intelligence unit and the Tehran Prosecutor to keep me in prison. I have on numerous occasions reported my condition by writing official letters to unresponsive authorities and so far I have been completely ignored. I therefore hereby declare that the direct responsibility for my life and for my suffering mother’s life lies with the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the IRGC, the interrogators of the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence unit, the Tehran Prosecutor and the judiciary of the country.
Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki