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Prison officials continue to block ailing blogger Pourshajari from receiving medical aid

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Imprisoned blogger Pourshajari who is in serious need of medical care, continues to be deprived of medical furlough. His daughter said to Kaleme: “They lied to my father and told him to get ready to be taken to a doctor, but instead they transferred him to Ghazal Hesar prison. The physicians have advised that he must undergo surgery yet the prison officials say they will not allow him to leave even for one hour.”

As reported earlier by CHRR, three physicians at the prison facility by the names of Amjadi, Nejadbahram and Gholizadeh made requests for this political prisoner to be transferred to a medical facility outside the prison. They revealed that the prisoner has blocked arteries, which could result in cardiac arrest and his sudden death.

Mitra Pourshajari, daughter of this blogger in Ghezel Hesar prison said to Kaleme: “When I asked the prison official why he refuses to sign off father’s release papers when he is so sick, he responded that he would not put himself in any danger and would not even grant a one hour furlough. I asked why. He said with the crimes that he committed, your father is a danger to the nation. We are not going to jeopardize ourselves with this type of dossier. If the judiciary wanted to grant furlough they would have done so themselves instead of sending the file to us.”

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari is a 53-year-old political prisoner and blogger who wrote under the pen name Siamak Mehr. On September 12, 2010 he was detained at his home in Karaj and transferred to the Security Ward of the IRGC in Rajai Shahr prison. He was eventually tried in Branch 109 of the Karaj Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Gholam Sarabi who handed him a 4-year prison sentence. He endured 7 months in solitary confinement during his “temporary detention” and was subjected to brutal psychological and physical torture. He was beaten with electric rods, and tortured with mock executions prompting him to attempt suicide by cutting his wrists with his glasses, leaving scars.

After spending close to a year at Rajai Shahr, he was inflicted with several illnesses that required him to undergo medical care under supervision outside of prison. But rather than provide him with the necessary medical care, the prison authorities transferred him to his present location at Ghezel Hesar prison, a substandard facility that is reserved for dangerous criminals.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari has compared the conditions in the prison to an unkempt zoo. His daughter said to Kaleme: “With the price hike that has hit the country for all goods, the same has happened inside prisons. The price for necessary merchandise sold in prisons is a few times higher than it was before. Most prisoners can no longer afford cleaning products to keep their cells clean and this has caused sanitary issues. Warm water and showers are provided only a few hours a week.

Even though my father was already sick, the substandard conditions of this facility, the extreme dirtiness, no peace of mind has worsened my father’s physical condition to a very worrisome level. The physicians who had earlier tested him recommended that he receive surgery but the prison doctors have not even prescribed some medication to give him some temporary relief. My father is held in an uncertain situation while his health is deteriorating day by day.”

In a letter provided to CHRR in February, Mohammad Reza Pourshajari wrote from prison:

I Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, aka Siyamak Mehr, blogger for the blog “Gozareshe Khake Iran,” hereby request from honorable lawmakers and attorneys, to accept my gratitude for their efforts if circumstances permit to represent me in court. I give them my power of attorney to lodge a lawsuit on my behalf against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the judiciary of this regime in any suitable court of law in the United States, for my illegal arrest and severe torture, my 4-year prison sentence on baseless and ridiculous charges such as “propaganda against the regime,” and “insult” to an absurd concept called “Supreme Leader.”

The lawsuit is to condemn the opinions issued in the Islamic courts and to demand compensation from Iranian officials for my emotional duress and physical complications along with the losses endured during my prison term. In hopes that this action will condemn the oppressive regime of Iran and encourage other Iranians sentenced in the courts of the oppressive Islamic regime and victims of clergy crimes to also step forward and in this manner of lodging complaints in the courts of the United States of America, make a loud case that can be heard in the rest of the world.

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Prison officials continue to block ailing blogger Pourshajari from receiving medical aid 

Mohammad Pourshajari


Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered heart attack in Karaj Central Prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Blogger and political activist Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered a heart attack on February 17 and was transferred to the infirmary at Karaj Central prison.

According to news provided to CHRR, three physicians at the prison facility by the names of Amjadi, Nejadbahram and Gholizadeh made requests for this political prisoner to be transferred to a medical facility outside the prison. They revealed that the prisoner has blocked arteries, which could result in cardiac arrest and his sudden death.

The head of Karaj Central prison has sent a correspondence regarding this matter to the prosecutor’s office and the prison judge but so far there has been no response. CHRR has previously released internal documents from Karaj Central prison revealing that the judiciary has undermined efforts for Pourshajari’s medical leave from the facility.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, political prisoner and blogger who wrote under the pen name Siamak Mehr is behind bars in Ward 7 of Karaj Central prison and has been taken to court 11 times. He endured 7 months in solitary confinement during his “temporary detention” and was subjected to brutal psychological and physical torture. He was beaten with electric rods, and tortured with mock executions prompting him to attempt suicide by cutting his wrists with his glasses, leaving scars as a reminder.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari has provided CHRR with a letter from prison requesting lawmakers and attorneys to on his behalf file a complaint at an international tribunal against the government and judiciary of the Islamic Republic for his imprisonment and torture.

The letter along with another unpublished document is below.

I am lodging a complaint!

I Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, aka Siyamak Mehr, blogger for the blog “Gozareshe Khake Iran,” hereby request from honorable lawmakers and attorneys, to accept my gratitude for their efforts if circumstances permit to represent me in court. I give them my power of attorney to lodge a lawsuit on my behalf against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the judiciary of this regime in any suitable court of law in the United States, for my illegal arrest and severe torture, my 4-year prison sentence on baseless and ridiculous charges such as “propaganda against the regime,” and “insult” to an absurd concept called “Supreme Leader.”

The lawsuit is to condemn the opinions issued in the Islamic courts and to demand compensation from Iranian officials for my emotional duress and physical complications along with the losses endured during my prison term. In hopes that this action will condemn the oppressive regime of Iran and encourage other Iranians sentenced in the courts of the oppressive Islamic regime and victims of clergy crimes to also step forward and in this manner of lodging complaints in the courts of the United States of America, make a loud case that can be heard in the rest of the world.

Karaj Central prison (penitentiary) February 3, 2013

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Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered heart attack in Karaj Central prison

Mohammad Pourshajari


Labor activist Behnam Keyvani and blogger Siyamak Namayeshi released on bail

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Labor activist Behnam Keyvani and blogger for the Green movement Siyamak Namayeshi were released on bail after months of incarceration.

Behnam Keyvani, a steel worker in Isfahan was arrested on April 20, 2012 on the eve of International Labor Day. Zabih Allah Bagheri and other labor activists and union members were also detained and transferred to the detention center at the Ministry of Intelligence in the province.

reports, upon detaining Mr. Keyvani, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence raided his residence and after a search they confiscated documents, albums, books and his personal computer.

This labor activist was released on October 16, 2012 with a bail of 50 million tomans.

According to CHRR news reports, on October 15, 2012 Siyamak Namayeshi, writer and blogger for the filtered Sabz Rah blog was released on bail of 100 million tomans after enduring 8 months of detention.

This Green movement activist was detained along with others in Mazandaran province during 25 Bahman mass protests.

Labor activist Behnam Keyvani and blogger Siyamak Namayeshi released on bail

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Hossein Ronaghi Maleki interrogated at Evin prison’s court

Human Rights House of Iran – Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger and human rights activist was transferred from ward 350 to the interrogations court at Evin prison due to his writing a letter from prison and obtaining signatures.

Ronaghi recently wrote a letter from prison criticizing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Human Rights House of Iran reports that this is the second time this month that Ronaghi Maleki has been transferred to the prosecutor’s office in this prison. He has been put under great pressure and subjected to severe duress along with threats that his court dossier could be opened again.

Recently Hossein and 2 other prisoners, Sima Nourani and Mehdi Khodai who are now being kept in Evin’s public ward 350 were subjected to further interrogations at Evin prison’s court.

Also in the past month interrogating officers from the Ministry of Intelligence put intense pressure on Hossein Ronaghi Maleki to make false televised confessions and recite what they wanted him to say.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who has never been allowed his legal right to furlough since his incarceration on December 13, 2009, has been told his temporary release is contingent on his willingness to make a false confession.

Interrogating agents stated that the reason Hossein was handed down the heavy 15-year prison sentence was his lack of cooperation with them in the aftermath of his detainment.

Judge Pir-Abassi residing over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Hossein Ronaghi Maleki to 15 years behind bars. This sentence was later upheld at the appellate court.

Last week even though the Tehran Prosecutor ordered medical furlough for this imprisoned blogger, Judge Pir-Abassi and the head of his office opposed this order and blocked the action.

Hossein Ronaghi’s health has been dangerously declining due to his kidney disease and doctors have consistently stated that it is imperative that he is temporarily released for medical care and recovery. Hossein has been transferred to the hospital four times during his prison term and suffers from intense pain stemming from his deteriorating kidney ailment.

Human Rights House of Iran

http://www.rahana.org/archives/48146

Hossein Ronaghi


Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered heart attack in Karaj Central prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Blogger and political activist Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered a heart attack on February 17 and was transferred to the infirmary at Karaj Central prison.

According to news provided to CHRR, three physicians at the prison facility by the names of Amjadi, Nejadbahram and Gholizadeh made requests for this political prisoner to be transferred to a medical facility outside the prison. They revealed that the prisoner has blocked arteries, which could result in cardiac arrest and his sudden death.

The head of Karaj Central prison has sent a correspondence regarding this matter to the prosecutor’s office and the prison judge but so far there has been no response. CHRR has previously released internal documents from Karaj Central prison revealing that the judiciary has undermined efforts for Pourshajari’s medical leave from the facility.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, political prisoner and blogger who wrote under the pen name Siamak Mehr is behind bars in Ward 7 of Karaj Central prison and has been taken to court 11 times. He endured 7 months in solitary confinement during his “temporary detention” and was subjected to brutal psychological and physical torture. He was beaten with electric rods, and tortured with mock executions prompting him to attempt suicide by cutting his wrists with his glasses, leaving scars as a reminder.

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari has provided CHRR with a letter from prison requesting lawmakers and attorneys to on his behalf file a complaint at an international tribunal against the government and judiciary of the Islamic Republic for his imprisonment and torture.

The letter along with another unpublished document is below.

I am lodging a complaint!

I Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, aka Siyamak Mehr, blogger for the blog “Gozareshe Khake Iran,” hereby request from honorable lawmakers and attorneys, to accept my gratitude for their efforts if circumstances permit to represent me in court. I give them my power of attorney to lodge a lawsuit on my behalf against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the judiciary of this regime in any suitable court of law in the United States, for my illegal arrest and severe torture, my 4-year prison sentence on baseless and ridiculous charges such as “propaganda against the regime,” and “insult” to an absurd concept called “Supreme Leader.”

The lawsuit is to condemn the opinions issued in the Islamic courts and to demand compensation from Iranian officials for my emotional duress and physical complications along with the losses endured during my prison term. In hopes that this action will condemn the oppressive regime of Iran and encourage other Iranians sentenced in the courts of the oppressive Islamic regime and victims of clergy crimes to also step forward and in this manner of lodging complaints in the courts of the United States of America, make a loud case that can be heard in the rest of the world.

Karaj Central prison (penitentiary) February 3, 2013

Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered heart attack in Karaj Central prison

Mohammad Pourshajari


Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki on hunger strike: “I am ready to pay any price.”

Human Rights House of Iran – Political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who is currently serving his 15-year sentence behind bars, has gone on hunger strike in protest of the authorities’ disregard for his serious medical needs. He has been barred from any medical furlough even though it is imperative that he receive the required medical attention for his deteriorating kidney disease.

Blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, in a letter to the Tehran prosecutor, made a strong stance against the widespread disregard of basic human rights in Iran and the abuse of political prisoners and their families.

Human Rights House of Iran has obtained the letter written by this activist who is on hunger strike. Following is the text of the letter.

Your Excellency, Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi,

Tehran’s Public and Revolutionary Courts Prosecutor,

With regards and greetings,

I Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, son of Seyed Ahmad, born on July 5, 1985, have sent you numerous letters pointing to issues such as my kidney disease, the manner of warrants and interrogations, the failure to provide transcripts of court rulings, the dire condition of political prisoners and ailing prisoners, the uncertain state of many political prisoners and the pressures imposed on them and their families, the arrests, solitary confinements and failure to adhere to the laws of the country.

Today due to the fact that I have not received any acknowledgement of my previous letters, I will continue my protest in a different manner.

Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi,

On the eve of the second year of my arrest (Decamber 13, 2009), I have embarked on a hunger strike starting on Friday December 10, 2011, which coincides with International Human Rights Day.

I have staged this hunger strike to protest all of the following:

-My being barred from obtaining medical furlough to receive treatment for my kidneys,

-Other political prisoners being deprived medical care such as Dr. Masoum Ferdis,

-The continued arrests and abuse of human rights activists such as Rozhin Mohammadi,

-The miserable environment of harassment and pressures imposed on the families of political prisoners,

-In sympathy of labor activist Reza Shahabi’s strike protesting his unknown state behind bars and his dismal physical condition,

-The gross violations of human rights and the complete disregard of basic human rights for political prisoners.

Mr. Prosecutor,

With two years passing since my imprisonment and my heavy silence, today in consideration of not only my own dire physical condition, but also that of others such as Reza Shahabi and Masoum Ferdis among many more, I have to say that one must not stay silent about the atrocious conditions and lack of human rights of political prisoners, lest bitter events such as losing Hoda Saber and Mogsen Dogmechi be repeated.

In any case, my health has been dangerously affected due to my illness and the miserable prison environment. My only recourse at this juncture is the last resort that any political prisoner can take towards asking for basic human rights. I have gone on hunger strike to declare my strong objection to the aforementioned facts.

I would like to again inform you and others of the dismal situation of political prisoners and I am prepared to pay any price to do so, even if it means loosing my life.

With respect.

Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

December 12, 2011

Evin Prison, Ward 350

Tehran

Human Rights House of Iran

http://www.rahana.org/archives/46566

Hossein Ronaghi


Hossein Ronaghi Maleki transferred back to Evin prison before ending his medical treatment

Human Rights House of Iran – Blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was transferred to Evin prison even though he was still in treatment.

Hossein Ronagi Maleki was transferred from the hospital back to Evin prison despite his medical treatment not having been completed.

This prisoner’s family told Human Rights House of Iran that their son is suffering from severe kidney disease that could result in kidney failure. Despite being told of the danger, security agents ordered that Hossein be transferred back to Evin prison before the end of his medical treatment.

Added to his kidney disease, Hossein is suffering from stones in his gallbladder. According to the attending physicians, Hossein has already lost 80% of the function in one kidney and 20% in the other, and if he continues to be held in prison without medical attention, he will end up loosing his kidneys.

While he was in the hospital and receiving medical attention Hossein’s hands and feet were shackled to the bed.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been suffering from kidney disease and in desperate need of medical attention with hospital care for months. The first time he was finally allowed to seek medical attention it took four months for him to be transferred to a hospital. This time his treatment was postponed for one month until he was taken to the hospital, then transferred back to prison before ending his treatment.

This blogger and human rights activist was arrested on December 13, 2009 and spent 10 months in solitary confinement in Evin prison. He received a 15-year prison sentence that was upheld by the Tehran appeals court. He is now serving his 15-year sentence in ward 350 of Evin prison and to date he has not had one day off on furlough.

Per orders of the attending physicians, it is imperative that Hossein receive medical attention at a medical facility outside of prison.

http://www.rahana.org/en/?p=11291

Hossein Ronaghi