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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 .

Dialogue with my callous interrogator

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki:

I know you read it therefore I will write it so you can know, and be acquainted with the guy who said very honestly, “We are worried about Iran and Iranians, we are not the enemy!”

On the first day you told me, “We will not hold you more than 48 hours, just cooperate with us!” I said, “I will stay for 6 months but I will be myself.”

You lied. You kept me in solitary confinement of the security ward for 13 months!


During the sentencing you said, “We will not give you more than a 2-year prison sentence!” I said, “I am ready for 6 years!”

You lied. You handed me 15-year prison sentence!


I was sick and you told me you would transfer me to the best hospital in Tehran and ensure my medical treatment. I said, “Give me a little time to regain my health and I will be at your disposal again.”

As always, you lied!


I was on prison furlough. You said, “We achieved our goal which was to crush Iran Proxy. We know you are not our enemy. A 15-year prison sentence is too heavy and we will not return you to prison.” I said, “You determine what will happen to me!”

You lied. You are taking me back to the ward.


But I am still hopeful that one day I will see a compassionate and honest interrogator because I believe that under every circumstance, a person can change and be human.

The fact is that a tortured soul does not need blood [revenge].


Hossein Ronaghi

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki released on $500,000 bail

After spending 32 months behind bars Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was released moments ago on a bail of $500,000.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger and human rights activist who was arrested during the period of unrest following  the contested political elections of 2009, was released on medical furlough after enduring 32 months of his 15-year prison sentence behind bars.

Two weeks ago Hossein had been transferred back to Ward 350 of Evin prison a week after undergoing another surgery for his kidneys despite doctor’s recommendations to spend a longer time in the hospital for a safe recovery.

This blogger and Human Rights activist has to date spent 2.5 years behind bars in Evin prison with no furlough. He was arrested on December 13, 2009 in the city of Melkan located near Tabriz and was immediately transferred to Ward 2A in Evin Prison [under control of IRGC]. He was held in solitary confinement for 10 months and subjected to intense psychological abuse and physical tortures in efforts to coerce him into making a false televised confession. Finally Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki a 15-year prison sentence.



Hossein Ronaghi

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


Hossein Ronaghi

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


Human Rights House of Iran


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.


Hossein Ronaghi