Health of Hossein Ronaghi rapidly deteriorating in prison; Tehran Prosecutor issues order for hospitalization

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On his 26th day of hunger strike, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s physical condition worsens by the day. He is now inflicted with infections in his kidneys and gastrointestinal tract stemming from days of internal bleeding.

According to CHRR, as a result of days of internal bleeding with no access to proper medical care, jailed activist on hunger strike Hossein Ronaghi’s kidneys and gastrointestinal tract are now infected. On August 28, CHRR reported that Hossein was transferred to Shahid Modarres Hospital and was returned to Evin prison a few hours later. A few days prior to that on August 24, Hossein Ronaghi was transferred to Hasheminjejad Hospital where he underwent some testing and was returned to prison on the same day.

Hossein Ronaghi who was arrested on December 13 2009 endured months in solitary confinement under torture leading to his present health issues. He is inflicted with kidney disease – inflammation, infection, bleeding, damage and loss of function in his kidneys, inflammation of his prostate and bladder, bleeding in his stomach and gastrointestinal tract, frequent urination, and angina. According to the physicians who examined him, the combination of his high heart rate and low blood pressure has put him at great risk of a heart attack.

Hossein Ronaghi’s mother Zoleikha Mousavi who went on hunger strike 15 days ago in support of her ailing son is also in poor health aggravated by a prior heart condition. Numerous human rights activists have expressed their grave concern for the health of Ronaghi and his mother on hunger strike. Maziar Yadegari, human rights activist and former member of Iran Proxy who fled the country after Hossein’s arrest announced that he also launched a hunger strike across the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vienna on August 30 in support of his friend. A few days ago officials from the Embassy of Iran engaged in a confrontation with Maziar Yadegari and after they took away signs about Hossein Ronaghi, the officials were cited a warning by Vienna police.

In the past days human rights organizations have expressed their concern for Hossein Ronaghi while demanding that the authorities in Iran grant immediate access to his medical needs. Reporters without Borders said in a statement “this human rights defender has been unjustly detained for the past four years.” The group said, “We hold judicial authority chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani, Tehran prosecutor Abas Jafari Dolatabadi and justice minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi responsible for the lives of Maleki and his mother.”

Amnesty International in a statement on August 30 said Hossein Ronaghi, “prisoner of conscience and blogger on hunger strike to protest his unfair detention must be released immediately and unconditionally to receive treatment as his health deteriorates.” Numerous human rights activists and organizations have written letters of support for Hossein Ronaghi and his mother, and asked that they break their hunger strike to preserve their health.

In a letter from prison to the Tehran Prosecutor, 41 prisoners testified to the very grave health of Hossein Ronaghi, and asked the Tehran Prosecutor Abas Jafari Dolatabadi to “take the steps to transfer him to a hospital where he can receive his necessary medical care.” Today the Tehran Prosecutor issued an order for the ailing blogger to be transferred from Evin prison and this time be hospitalized.


Hossein Ronaghi & mom




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