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URGENT! Imprisoned blogger at risk of losing second kidney!

May 28, 2012

 Update | July 2012: Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was released from prison on medical leave. His bail amount was set at one million USD.

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Persian2English Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, an imprisoned blogger, human rights activist, and tech expert, suffers from a severe kidney disease and is in urgent need of medical leave. However, the Iranian authorities have refused to act lawfully and cooperate. As a result he has been officially on hunger strike since May 23. His mother said two months ago: “They want Hossein to accept his charges and write a confession letter before they allow him prison leave. They have told us several times that the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) will not agree to his release unless he confesses.”

Hossein is currently held in ward 350 of Evin prison (the general ward).

According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is injected daily with morphine and other painkillers which has caused him to develop gallstones. Hossein, one of the Managing Directors of Iran Proxy, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court.

Persian2English spoke to a source close to Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who gave the following information about the time of Hossein’s arrest and some of the tortures he endured in solitary confinement: 

14 Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested Hossein Ronaghi Maleki along with his brother on December 13, 2009 at their parents’ home in the Eastern Azerbaijan province during an operation to “dismantle a counterrevolutionary network.”  Hossein and his brother were flown to Evin prison in Tehran. On the plane one of the Intelligence agents banged Hossein’s head against the wall causing a deep gash in his head that required more than a dozen stitches. 

Reports indicate that Ronaghi Maleki had “written and used software to combat filtering and to host and support websites and blogs that defend human rights.” His brother was later released on an $80 thousand (USD) bail.

Hossein was transferred to solitary confinement in the IRGC-controlled ward 2A. He was held there for approximately 13 consecutive months. During his time in solitary confinement Hossein endured brutal physical and psychological tortures. Persian2English discovered that the imprisoned blogger was deprived of clean drinking water during his time in solitary confinement. According to the sources, on several occasions Hossein was forced to drink toilet water and his own urine. During this time in solitary confinement Hossein, who was physically healthy prior to his imprisonment, developed a kidney disease.

Since his imprisonment Hossein has undergone four surgeries in a hospital outside the prison. However, since each time after the surgery he was immediately transferred back to prison his body never had the chance to heal. Consequently, Hossein developed an infection and lost the function of one of his kidneys. Hossein is currently at risk to lose his second kidney, if he is not provided medical leave from prison to recuperate.

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was finishing up his last term in university when he was suspended due to his human rights activities. He never had the chance to enroll in school again because he was arrested shortly after. 

Petition: Save Hossein Ronaghi Maleki  

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s father speaks to VOA 

Father: About two months ago we took Hossein to receive a nuclear CT scan, and the results showed that he had lost a kidney. He immediately needed to undergo medical treatment for a kidney transplant. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) prevented him from leaving prison to receive treatment.

Hossein needs to remain under the supervision of a medical specialist for at least two months for the results of his operation to be determined. The body sometimes rejects the transplanted kidney after two months, thus he may need to undergo a second operation to remove the [other] kidney. Unfortunately, the prison authorities and the IRGC do not pay attention to Hossein’s situation. They told us that if Hossein is permitted to leave prison he would escape from Iran. I am declaring that Hossein is a patriot. He would never leave his country. If he wanted to escape Iran he would have already done so [instead of becoming] a prisoner.

I am asking the Judiciary, prosecutors, and prison officials to review Hossein’s file and prevent unauthorized people from making decisions on his case. It is the result of being held in a solitary cell for thirteen months that he lost a kidney. I request Hossein’s release from prison so he may receive medical treatment.

Translation courtesy of Ulimuc

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Canadian Senator Speaks Up for Iranian Prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Honourable Judith Seidman: Honourable senators, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, blogger, human rights activist and an advocate against cyber censorship, was arrested and transferred to Evin Prison in 2009. In 2010, the Iranian judiciary sentenced Mr. Maleki to 15 years in prison, but his only crime is peacefully defending human rights.

Unsanitary and inhumane prison conditions and multiple protest hunger strikes have cost Mr. Maleki one kidney, and he just received his fourth operation on the other. Given this dangerous kidney condition, Mr. Maleki’s health is at serious risk.

Mr. Maleki has endured many months in solitary confinement and has been subjected to serious physical and psychological pressure. Mr. Maleki is among Iran’s intellectuals. He should be treated as an outstanding individual rather than locked up and tortured.

As a member of the Senate of Canada, I condemn every abuse of human rights and call for the immediate release of unlawfully held prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki.

سناتور جودیت سایدمن

سناتورهای محترم، حسین رونقی مالکی، وبلاگ‌نویس، فعال حقوق بشر و فعال علیه سانسور اینترنتی در سال ۲۰۰۹ دستگیر و به زندان اوین منتقل شد. در سال ۲۰۱۰، قوه قضائیه ایران آقای مالکی را به ۱۵ سال زندان محکوم کرد اما تنها جرم او دفاع صلح‌آمیز از حقوق بشر است. آقای مالکی ماه‌های بسیاری را در حبس انفرادی گذرانده و مورد فشار جدی جسمی و روانی قرار گرفته است. آقای مالکی کارشناس برجسته ایرانی است. با او باید همچون فردی استثنایی برخورد کرد نه این‌که در زندانش انداخت و شکنجه‌اش کرد.

هرانا؛ حسین رونقی دست به اعتصاب غذا زد

پنجشنبه 04 خرداد 1391 ساعت 02:35 |

خبرگزاری هرانا – حسین رونقی ملکی زندانی بیمار محبوس در زندان اوین به دلیل عدم رسیدگی پزشکی و از کار افتادن یکی از کلیه های وی و عدم انتقال این زندانی سیاسی به بیمارستان خارج از زندان دست به اعتصاب غذا زده است.

بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، روز گذشته حسین رونقی ملکی زندانی سیاسی محبوس در زندان اوین در تماس تلفنی با خانواده خود اعلام نمود که دست به اعتصاب غذا زده است. این در حالی است که این وبلاگ نویس روز شنبه سی خرداد ماه دچار تشنج شدید شده بود.

پزشکان ارولوژ می‌گویند براساس سیتی اسکن جدیدی که از کلیه‌های حسین رونقی ملکی در اختیار دارند کلیه چپ این وی کاملا از کار افتاده است و باید تخلیه شود.

بنا به اظهار نظر پزشکانی که موفق به رویت این عکس سیتی اسکن شده‌اند وضعیت کلیه راست حسین رونقی ملکی اصلا رضایت بخش نیست و در صورتی که بزودی تحت عمل جراحی قرار نگیرد از کار خواهد افتاد.

پیش‌تر جراح رونقی اعلام کرده بود وی به علت عمل جراحی پلیوپلاستی faild نیازمند عمل جراحی مجدد است. او در معاینات اخیر خود عنوان کرده است که معالجه و درمان دیر هنگام وی باعث از بین رفتن کلیه‌هایش خواهد شد و احتمالا کلیه وی باید خارج شود.

لازم به ذکر است مسئولین زندان اوین هر روزه جهت کاهش درد این زندانی سیاسی به طور غیر اصولی از مسکن ها و تزریق “مرفین” که باعث سنگ کیسه “صفرا” شده است؛ استفاده میکنند.

حسین رونقی ملکی از مسئولان کمیته ایران پراکسی که بنا به رای دادگاه انقلاب، به تحمل ۱۵ سال حبس تعزیری محکوم شده است، از آذرماه سال ۱۳۸۸ تاکنون در زندان به سر می‌برد.

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