Monthly Archives: November 2013

Letter from Hossein Ronaghi to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed activist and blogger  in Evin prison is in deteriorating health.
His test results indicate that in the past weeks there has been a sharp rise in his blood density. His physicians have indicated that he must have his blood tested as it is reaching dangerous levels. He is also inflicted with fluctuating blood pressure and a high heart rate. His kidney infection, bladder and prostate ailments has worsoned, and he is inflicted with hydronephrosis.

Below is a letter written by Hossein Ronaghi Maleki to Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani as provided to Kaleme


Ye People of the Book! Why do ye clothe Truth with falsehood, and conceal the Truth, while ye have knowledge? Surah Al-Imran/Ayat 71

Grand Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Expediency Council

Greetings with respect,
You are undoubtedly aware of what the people of Iran have endured during the past few years, and you know better than anybody the obstruction of justice, the law breaking and the extremism that has taken place. Considering the lengthy period of time your Excellency spent as a political prisoner before the Islamic Revolution you are aware of the mistreatment and abuse inflicted on prisoners by the ruling apparatus. If you are willing to be fair, your Excellency and numerous regime officials will consent to the fact that many of the encounters that have taken place with the political prisoners and their families are more inhumane and cruel today than those committed before the revolution.

Grand Ayatollah,
Your Excellency is aware that going on hunger strike which endangers the health and life of a prisoner, is a last resort in seeking fairness and justice. Unfortunately I have lost faith in the ability of many of the officials of the Islamic Republic and the entire judiciary in their capacity to hold fair trials. I had no choice but to embark on a hunger strike when faced with the harsh and improper treatment by the judicial authorities, security officials, and the statement of court officials of the Tehran Prosecutor’s office, who say, “You go on hunger strike and finally you will die. The media will talk about if for two or three weeks, then everything will be over.” I am tired of the lawlessness of the ruling apparatus and I don’t want to be subjected to more insults and humiliation. I don’t want to ignore the shameful and disgraceful conduct towards my family and myself. I did not assault anybody in Kahrizak [prison] or in the streets, nor did I commit a crime in the detention centers. But because of my criticism of the ruling establishment, my condemnation of the lawlessness and corruption, my concern for the future of Iran, my human rights activism, and my opposition to the censorship of opinions, I was handed an unjust sentence of 15 years in prison. Indeed how long must we live under the shadow of the imprudent, incompetent and authoritative rule by a specific group over the lives of the Iranian people?

Grand Ayatollah,
I do not choose to pay any price just to be alive and live under unjust conditions. If I have to choose the toughest possible road to prove my innocence and honesty, then so be it for I am not willing to bow to an unjust and unfair judiciary. I share my agony with you because as Chairman of the Expediency Council I regard you as the only remaining official who might have compassion for the pain and suffering of political prisoners and their families; maybe you are willing to help by taking any positive step within your power. You must be aware that it does not benefit the national interests of the country, the government nor the people to have our youth, our brightest, our most patriotic and freedom loving citizens locked up behind bars; to lose their lives despite being innocent; to be barred from serving their country at any cost. Just as Ayatollah Khamenei formally recognized those who do not believe in the rule of the Islamic Republic and asked them to take part in the elections for the good of their country, the security and judicial apparatus should also acknowledge the right of these same people to exist and be free in their own country. For Iran belongs to all Iranians regardless of their beliefs, views or religion. If the ruling authorities once and for all truly concede the fact that the country and its governance are not the exclusive property of any individual or group, that is when the oppressive interactions will be altered, and instead of committing violations, the judiciary and security apparatus will protect and guard our rights.

I have never feared death
Whose hands are more brittle
Than banality
My dread, however
Is of dying in a land
Where the reward of a gravedigger
Is greater
Than the freedom of a human being
– Ahmad Shamlou

Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Evin prison

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Hossein Ronaghi Maleki