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Hossein Ronaghi: Imprisonment is not the answer.


Oh January 19, 2016 Hossein Ronaghi presented himself at the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office per orders of the IRGC Intelligence Unit to be taken back into custody.
Before leaving he posted on his Facebook page:

I believe that the answer to any opinion is never imprisonment.

This is why I am returning to prison:

My not returning will result in confiscation of the collateral set for my bail, which is morally wrong and unprincipled. Seizing the collateral would be legal only if I was not reachable or my whereabouts were unknown in case of need for arrest. Despite the fact that I provided my address to judicial authorities for my arrest at their will, this did not happen and ultimately I was told per orders of the IRGC Intelligence unit I was to return to prison.

Also as my mother says, “This is our homeland and we are not the ones who must leave.”

Tomorrow I will go to the Prosecutor’s office, will be taken into custody and imprisoned. What is clear to me is that I will always be beside my family and my friends.

In hopes of bright and clear days.


حسین رونقی
باور دارم که پاسخ هیچ اندیشه ای زندان نیست برای همین به زندان می روم؛بازنگشتن من مساوی است با جلب وثیقه ها و این یعنی سلب اعتماد وثیقه گذارها و سقوط تعهد و اخلاق، اجرای وثیقه ها زمانی قانونی است که برای بازداشت، من در دسترسی نباشم و این اتفاق در حالی رخ داده است که به صورت مکتوب آدرس خود را به مقام های قضایی اعلام کرده بودم تا در صورت نیاز بازداشتم کنند اما این اتفاق نیافتاد و در نهایت از داستانی گفتند که اطلاعات سپاه می گوید باید حسین را به زندان بازگردانید. از آن هم که بگذریم به قول مادرم «اینجا سرزمین ماست آن کسی که باید این سرزمین را ترک کند ما نیستیم»؛ فردا می روم دادستانی و نهایتا بازداشت و زندان، آنچه برای من واضح است همیشه در کنار خانواده و دوستانم خواهم بود. به امید روزهای خوب و روشن

زبان سرخ و سبز… این چه غوغایی ست!
نصیب خون ِ به دیوارها تباهی شد!
برای حرف نگفته به حبس خواهی رفت
برای کار نکرده به بند خواهی شد!
“اشرف گیلانی”


To jailed activist Hossein Ronaghi, by his brother

Hossein Ronaghi

Hassan Ronaghi to his brother Hossein Ronaghi:
Brother, if you are now in prison with a sick body and in pain

If you tolerate your illness and your suffering

If your sickness worsens every day

If your life is in danger and your are inflicted with various diseases

If you are in prison and you have not been released

Know that Mr. Rouhani the honorable president is not aware that we have political prisoners and that you are among those who are held behind bars in poor health.

Know that while Mr. Zarif has spent half his life enjoying the United States he is not aware of the existence of prisoners of conscience and political prisoners in Iran.

Know that the judiciary is not aware that your life is in danger and that you are gravely ill.

Know that the Islamic code of human rights is not aware that you are sick and that your life is in danger behind bars, if not certainly some action would have been taken.

Of course my brother you must understand that the people of Yemen and Lebanon and Gaza are more important than the people of Iran.

If a Yemeni citizen gets sick he must be attended to as soon as possible because he is a religious brother and a human being but a political prisoner at home does not need to be saved.

: حسن رونقی به برادرش حسین رونقی ملکی
بردارم اگر تو اکنون با جسمی بیمار و رنج بیماری در زندان هستی .
اگر با درد و رنج میسازی .
اگر بیماریت روز به روز شدت پیدا میکنه
اگر جانت در خطر است و بیماریهای بسیاری تو را احاطه کرده است .

اگر در زندان هستی و آزاد نشدی

این را بدان که آقای روحانی ریس جمهور محترم خبر ندارد که زندانی سیاسی داریم و تو هم جزو آنان هستی و اکنون بیمار در زندان مانده ای .

این را بدان آقای ظریف چون نصف عمرش را درآمریکا خوش گذرانده خبر ندارد که در ایران زندانی سیاسی و عقیدتی و زندانی سیاسی بیمار هست .

این را بدان که قوه قضاییه خبر ندارد که زندانی سیاسی بیمار هستی و جانت در خطراست .

این را بدان که حقوق بشر اسلامی که دم از حقوق بشر میزند خبر ندارد که تو بیمار هستی و در زندان شرایط خوبی نداری و جانت در خطر است وگرنه حتما اقدام میکرد .

البته برادر عزیزم باید درک کنی که مردم یمن و لبنان و غزه و … از مردم ایران و زندانیان بیمار واجب ترند .

اگر در یمن یک نفر بیمار شود باید هر چه زودتر به او برسیم چون برادر دینی است و انسان است ولی زندانی سیاسی بیمار نیازی به نجات دادن ندارد .

Letter by father of Hossein Ronaghi to Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor

Hossein Ronaghi MalekiIn a letter to Tehran’s Chief Prosecutor, father of ailing activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki addressed his son’s medical situation behind bars.

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Hossein Ronaghi who was detained in 2009 following the disputed presidential election results has since suffered serious health issues as a result of the torture he endured in prison. Behind bars Ronaghi was inflicted with multiple ailments, went through seven operations and lost function in one kidney. In very poor health, he was released on medical furlough in September 2014. On February 28, 2015 he was without warning or legal explanation ordered back behind bars to serve his remaining 15-year sentence. He is now held in Ward 7 of Tehran’s Evin prison.

With over a month since his last transfer to prison, Hossein Ronaghi has been deprived of his medication and has not received any medical treatment, resulting in the further deterioration of his health.

Following is the letter provided to CHRR, written to the Chief Prosecutor by Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki regarding his ailing son’s medical situation.

April 6, 2015

Honorable Chief Prosecutor of the Public and Tehran Revolutionary Court, Mr. Jafari Dolatabadi,


Without consulting us authorities are planning on transferring my son Hossein Ronaghi to Shohadaye Tajrish Educational Hospital and I cannot allow my son to be taken to this medical facility without being accompanied by us.

We are concerned that officials might prescribe treatments and inject Hossein with medications that further endanger his health and they could have plans to end Hossein’s life in this manner. I have informed prison officials along with the Prison Inspections Agency and Mrs. Hassani at the Office of Prosecution Follow-Ups that Shohadaye Tajrish is a teaching hospital with no specialty in kidney treatment.

I have asked in the past that they not transfer my son Hossein to any hospital without my permission. I must be updated about my son’s medical situation and be involved in the decisions made pertaining to his health. Since my son needs hospitalization again, it is imperative that I follow-up in a speedy manner in order to prevent what happened last time in the hands of officials resulting in my son losing function in one of his kidneys.

During the past month Hossein’s transfer to a medical facility has been prohibited and he has not been given any of his medication, resulting in his health plunging further. Now that Hossein’s health has worsened as a direct result of the actions of certain officials, they want to take him to the teaching center of Shohadaye Tajrish Educational Hospital, a facility with no expertise in Hossein’s condition.

Last time he was taken to Baqiyatallah Hospital, physicians had made recommendations for Hossein to be hospitalized and undergo surgery, and documents for his treatment were available. But unfortunately we were not informed of this and everything was concealed from us, leading to Hossein losing function in one kidney. The officials involved were directly responsible for worsening Hossein’s physical condition.

I have contacted the Prosecutor’s office, the Prisons Inspection Agency, and prison authorities and told them I will not allow my child to be admitted to Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital. They must let us know when they plan on transferring Hossein to a hospital so that we can be by his side. For we do not trust some of the officials and if we are not present they could use the opportunity to get rid of Hossein.

My request from the honorable Prosecutor is for a speedy inquiry in order to prevent further endangerment of my son’s life, and for an end to his incarceration as soon as possible.

Seyed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki Father of political prisoner, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

دادستان محترم دادسرای عمومی و انقلاب تهران جناب آقای جعفری دولت آبادی

۱۷/۱/۹۴ با سلام فرزندم حسین رونقی را بدون هماهنگی و بدون اینکه به ما خبر بدهند به بیمارستان شهدای تجریش میخواهند ببرند و بنده به عنوان پدر حسین رونقی اجازه نمی دهم بدون حضور ما حسین را به مرکز درمانی و آموزشی شهدای تجریش ببرند .

ما نگران هستیم که شاید دارو و یا آمپولی در آن بیمارستان به دستور برخی مسولین دیگر به حسین تجویز کنند که جان حسین را به خطر بیاندازد و شاید قصد از بین بردن حسین را از این طریق داشته باشند .چرا که شهدای تجریش مرکز پزشکی و آموزشی میباشد و هیچ گونه امکانات تخصصی برای درمان کلیه در آن وجود ندارد . وبا وجود اینکه به مسولین زندان و سازمان بازرسی زندانهای کشورو نیز دفتر پیگیری دادستانی خانم حسنی نیز گفته ام .

قبلا گفته ام که فرزند م حسین را بدون اجازه بنده به بیمارستان انتقال ندهند وبا هماهنگی بنده که در نزد پسرم باشم و ما هم از حال و وضعیت حسین آگاه شویم که اگر نیاز به درمان و بستری باشد پیگیر باشم و فرزندم را زودتر درمان نمایم تا مانند دفعه قبل توسط برخی مسولین فرزندم کلیه دیگرش را از دست ندهد و مشکل دیگری برایش ایجاد نشود .

در این یک ماه اجازه درمان وانتقال به بیمارستان ندادند و حتی نگذاشتند دارویی به حسین داده شود و این امر باعث شده حسین وضعیتش بدتر شود و حال بعد از آنکه بیماری حسین به دلیل عملکرد برخی مسولین بدتر شده است می خواهند حسین را بدون هماهنگی به مرکز آموزشی و درمانی شهدای تجریش که هیچ گونه امکانات تخصصی ندارد ببرند.

چرا که قبلا هم که به بیمارستان بقیه الله برده بودند و پزشکان نوشته بودند که حسین هر چه زودتر باید بستری و عمل جراحی و درمان شود و مدارک نیز موجود است ولی متاسفانه به ما خبر نداده بودند و قایم کرده بودند که این امرباعث شد حسین کلیه ش را از دست بدهد و عامل به خطر افتادن جان حسین و بدتر شدن وضعیتش بعضی مسولین مربوطه بودند .

بنده با دفتر پیگیری دادستانی و سازمان بازرسی زندانها ی کشورو مسولین زندان تماس گرفتم و گفتم اجازه نمی دهم فرزندم را به بیمارستان شهدای تجریش ببرند و در زمان انتقال به بیمارستان باید به ماخبر بدهند تا در کنار حسین باشیم چرا که به بعضی از مسولین اعتماد نداریم و امکان دارد دستور بدهند بلایی سر پسرم بیاورند و از نبودن ما در کنار حسین به عنوان فرصتی برای از بین بردن حسین استفاده نمایند .

از داداستان محترم تقاضای رسیدگی فوری و قانونی را تقاضامندم تا جان فرزندم بیشتر از این در خطر نباشد و تقاضای آزادی هر چه زودتر فرزندم را دارم .

سید احمد رونقی ملکی پدر زندانی سیاسی حسین رونقی ملکی



Masoumeh Gholizadeh transferred to Tabriz prison to serve 10-month term

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Masoumeh Gholizadeh, a PhD student in philosophy at Ankara University presented herself per court orders and was subsequently transferred to Tabriz prison to serve a ten-month sentence.

According to CHRR, Masoumeh Gholizadeh, a former student activist at Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran was arrested without explanation by security agents on her return to the country from Turkey on May 21, 2014. She was held behind bars without formal charges until June 19th when she was released on bail. Branch 2 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court later sentenced the PhD student who intended to be in the country for a visit – to ten months in prison on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.”

When she was detained in May 2014 Masoumeh Gholizadeh spent 18 days under harsh interrogations in solitary confinement before being transferred to the women’s ward of Tabriz prison. In a letter 381 activists voiced their concern for her well being due to her severe health issues. Gholizadeh finally made her first brief contact by phone with her family after nine days of being held incommunicado. It was reported that she was deprived of her needed medication despite suffering from asthma, thyroid complications, along with heart and liver problems. The PhD student was not allowed to leave the country after her release on bail and is now behind bars in Tabriz prison serving her sentence.


Masoumeh Gholizadeh

Salman Khalilpour transferred back to Rajai Shahr Prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – After a short release for medical treatment, Salman Khalilpour, leftist political activist and poet, was ordered back to Rajai Shahr Prison.

According to CHRR, Mr. Khalilpour was granted medical furlough on July 15, 2014 to undergo surgery on his right knee. He is now again behind bars in prison.

Salman Khalilpour was placed under severe physical and psychological duress during his interrogations when he was arrested. He was handed a 6-year prison sentence stemming from the charges of “acting against national security,” “insulting the leadership,” and “collaborating with opposition parties.”

Mr. Khalilpour, born in 1983 was detained due to his efforts to aid his brother who had been arrested and released on numerous occasions. In his dealings with government officials on behalf of his brother, Salman Khalilpour was dealt with violent hostility and ended up with injuries inflicted by Security forces during the altercations. After his arrest and a short trial, the injured activist was sent to Amol prison to serve his sentence. At the prison facility, Salman Khalilpour voiced his opposition to political prisoners being held among criminals. The enraged prison guards responded with violence resulting in severe injuries in Khalilpour’s fingers, legs and head before sending him to solitary confinement in Ward 3 of the prison.

The political activist was released after serving his time only to be arrested again during events leading to mass protests after the contested presidential elections of 2009. During the harsh interrogations, he was injured again in the legs, hands, back and waist. As a result of his severe hip and knee injuries, he was immobilized and not being able to walk, was hospitalized in the prison facility before being granted a short medical furlough for surgery.

Soheil Khalilpour, Salman’s older brother born in 1978 was also a leftist activist. He was arrested in 1999 following the student protests that resulted in wide spread arrests, disappearances, violent confrontations and raids in student dormitories. After spending 3 years behind bars in Evin prison he was released and following a short period of silence he again embarked on his political activities resulting in another arrest by Intelligence agents. After spending a few months in Sari prison, he was transferred to Amel prison to serve his sentence. When he was released, Soheil Khalilpour suffered from partial loss of vision, broken ribs, a broken nose, kidney issues, and multiple injures caused by torture and beatings.

Soheil Khalilpour was arrested again in 2009 during the time of mass protests following the disputed presidential election results. He was jailed in Amel prison after being charged with “acting against national security” and “relations with anti-regime groups.” After his release, on January 18, 2013 Soheil Khalilpour was kidnapped from the street and murdered by unidentified perpetrators. His dead body was located in front of Imam Reza Hospital in the city of Amol.



Salman Khalipour

Activist Saeed Shirzad transferred to the quarantine section of Evin prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Following 2 months since his arrest, Saeed Shirzad, children’s rights and human rights activist was transferred to the quarantine ward of Evin prison.

According to CHRR after being held in Ward 209 of Evin prison during interrogations for 2 months, Saeed Shirzad’s temporary detention was extended for another 2 months and he was subsequently transferred to the quarantine ward of the prison facility.

Saeed Shirzad was detained on June 2nd 2104 at his place of work in a Tabriz refinery. The reason for his arrest was not disclosed and he was transferred to the solitary unit of Evin prison for questioning and interrogations. During this time, Shirzad has not been permitted any visitation with his family despite their efforts.

Branch 16 of the Revolutionary Court is handling his case and even though no formal charges have been filed, Saeed Shirzad has been accused of allegedly partaking in human rights activities and collaborating with Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran.

Saeed Shirzad had a prior arrest on August 21, 2012 after the Azerbaijan earthquake when security agents raided his volunteer campsite in the earthquake-stricken Ahar area in East Azerbaijan province. Shirzad was detained along with a few others as they were administering aid to victims and their families. The others were later released but Shirzad was held in Ahar prison where he embarked on a hunger strike in protest of his illegal arrest. He was released on bail pending his trial after 19 days of detention.

On January 9, 2013, Saeed Shirzad was sentenced to a one-year suspended term and 5 years probation. Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed down the sentence stemming from the charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “activities in opposition groups.”


Saeed Shirzad

Maryam Shafipour transferred to hospital and back to prison in handcuffs

Daneshjoonews – Student activist Maryam Shafipour, jailed in Evin prison since July 27th 2013, has been transferred in handcuffs to a medical facility outside prison without the knowledge of her family. A sonogram was conducted on her in the hospital and she was returned behind bars without the results being revealed. This is not the first time Shafipour has been taken to the hospital without her family being notified.

After several transfers to the hospital and back during the past weeks, physicians have determined that Maryam Shafipour had been misdiagnosed in the prison infirmary and prescribed wrong medications.

According to IranGreenVoice, a source close to the family said during her last visitation Maryam Shafipour looked very pale and had lost a lot of weight. She has been taken to the prison infirmary with severe stomach pains and nausea but her condition has not changed. Different doctors at Evin infirmary attempted to make a diagnosis and prescribed various medications, all of them ineffective. The ailing activist has made several requests for a gastroscopy to determine her illness, but has been denied by prison doctors and officials.

Shafipour also suffers from swelling and inflammation of the lymph nodes. According to physicians outside of prison, because she was misdiagnosed and a sonogram was not conducted, Shafipour was prescribed the wrong medications for 3 months. When her illness clearly did not subside, last week she was transferred to a hospital outside prison in handcuffs without the knowledge of her family. She was transferred back to prison in handcuffs after a sonogram was performed without being told of the results. Shafipour is now back behind bars with no diagnosis for the pain she is suffering.

In the past Maryam Shafipour has passed out while behind bars. She also suffers from heart problems, skin issues, gastrointestinal pain, severe toothache and recently throbbing in her lymph nodes. Per reports, there are several other female political prisoners who suffer various illnesses behind bars.

Amnesty International has demanded that Maryam Shafipour immediately and unconditionally be released in order to receive urgent medical care.

Maryam Shafipour is a former agricultural engineering student from Qazvin International University who was suspended after 2 semesters and was expelled from university on her eighth semester due to her student activities and her weblog. [In 2009 she served in the presidential election campaign of Mehdi Karroubi who has been under house arrest.] Shafipour was first detained in 2010 and was handed a one-year suspended prison term lasting 5 years by the Qazvin Revolutionary Court.

Following her July 2013 detainment, Shafipour was handed a 7-year prison sentence by Judge Salavati. She remains behind bars while her filed appeal has been sent to Branch 54 of the Revolutionary Appellate Court presided by Judge Pour Arab.



Maryam Shafipour