Hossein Ronaghi, jailed dissident blogger held in Evin prison announced his support of the letter written to the president and signed by thousands demanding the release of the Green movement leaders.
As provided to Kaleme, human rights activist seyed Hossein Ronaghi wrote the following statement in support of the letter:
The cruel wall that surrounds Zahra Rahnavard, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi – because of their defense of the voting rights of the people, of human rights, their protection of the freedom and dignity of the Iranian people, their efforts to ensure progress in the country – is in effect the imprisonment of the ideals and aspirations of the nation. This act of oppression and the resistance to it is not in vein and will not be forgotten.
Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger and human rights activist was detained on December 13, 2009 at his home in Malekan close to the city of Tabriz. He was held for 13 months in solitary confinement in Ward 2-A at Evin prison and subjected to severe physical pressure and psychological duress in a futile effort to extract false televised confessions. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court eventually handed him a 15-year prison sentence.
Meanwhile three years have gone by since the house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard despite the fact that during the eleventh presidential elections that recently took place, the imprisonment situation of the Green movement leaders was emphasized. Presidential campaigning was done on the slogan that resolving this issue would bring reconciliation and national unity.
The letter campaign was organized with a cap of ten thousand signatories demanding the release of the leaders, ending on March 3 commemorating the birthday of Mir Hossein Mousavi.