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On Hunger Strike Dr. Mehdi Khazali, Suffered A Heart Attack And Admitted To A Hospital

Following is translation of a Facebook post by Dr. Mehdi Khazali’s son, Mohamad Saleh Khazali:

It is now 3:00 am on the first day of Ramadan.

Friday night I heard that father is in dire health. I became very upset and tried very hard to get help for him.

Today (Saturday June 28), they informed us that my father has been taken to the emergency room at Imam Khomeini hospital.

Immediately we went to the hospital. When we arrived, I met with a very frail father who has lost about 18 kilos in 8 days of being on hunger strike, and whose voice could barely be heard because of a dry mouth & throat.

Dr Mehdi Khazali - June 28, 2014

Dr Mehdi Khazali – June 28, 2014

The doctors insisted on connecting him to an IV but he refused.

About an hour ago we received the results of his EKG. They told him, yesterday, when he stopped breathing, he had suffered a heart attack and must immediately be admitted to CCU.

As a result of not drinking water, his blood had thickened and this is the reason for the heart attack.

It was the responsibility of Rejaei Shahr prison’s infirmary to attend to him, but unfortunately their job has become attending to the executed and doing the ritual wash of the dead. They are not familiar with providing care for the ill.

My father asked me about the news coverage of his case. He said that he is doing his duty, and hopes to God that those on the outside perform their duty well.

I complained about the news coverage regarding his case and told him that the domestic sites totally censor any news about him, because they have been ordered not to publish anything about him.

But I don’t understand why the news sites outside of the country are not giving his case much coverage.

I have one thing to say: Those who doubt and question his hunger strike, please go to the emergency room at Imam Khomeini hospital and see for yourselves what being on hunger strike has done to him.

You can then see a person who until last week was mountain climbing, and now in one week’s time barely has the strength to walk.

On the first dawn of Ramadan, I ask all our friends and associated to please pray for the health and release of my father and the release of all the political prisoners and for our society to gain wisdom.

And it is only for us to deliver the Manifest Message. (Quran, Ya-Sin: 17)

Mohamad Saleh Khazali
Son of Dr. Mehdi Khazali
Sunday June 29, 2014
3:40 am

Dr. Mehdi Khazali was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry’s special forces on June 21, while he was on a family trip in Mazandaran (N. Iran). He was transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison and incarcerated in the death row prisoners ward. He started his hunger strike upon arrest.

Source: Azadegan


Four Sunni Kurdish Death Row Prisoners In Dire Health On Day 66 Of Hunger Strike

On day 66 of their hunger strike, the four death row Sunni Kurdish prisoners of conscience have been reported to be in dire health.

On Wednesday January 8, Hamed Ahmadi, one of the four Kurdish prisoners on hunger strike, fell unconscious and was taken to the prison’s medical clinic.

An informed source told HRANA, “After some hours when he became conscious he noticed all his clothing were wet. When he asked the other prisoners why his clothing was wet, he was told that the physician at the clinic did not believe he was unconscious so he poured water on him.”

This source also said, “Hamed Ahmadi fell down as he was going to the bathroom for his ritual wash before performing Namaz (daily prayers) and hit his head on the stone sink. Today, his blood pressure was at 80 over 50 and the doctors said Ahmadi and Jamshid Jahangir Dehghani’s healths are in dire condition. When Hamed became conscious at the clinic he saw that he was hooked to an IV and they were taking pictures of him.”

On Wednesday night, Jamshid Dehghani also fell unconscious and was taken to the medical clinic. As of the time of this report, his status is not known.

Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Malaei, Jamshid Dehghani and Jahangir dehghani launched a hunger strike as of Monday November 4, 2013, protesting labor union issues and their death sentenced.

There are more than 200 Sunni prisoners incarcerated in prisons across Iran, including in the cities of Karaj, Tehran, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Saghez, Mahabad and Marivan.

39 of these prisoners have received the death sentence on charges such as Moharebeh (Enmity against God) and Mofased-al-Felarz (The agent of corruption on earth).

Following is the list of 39 Kurdish Sunni prisoners of conscience under the death sentence:

1. Ahmad Nasiri, incarcerated in Sanandaj prison

2. Edris Nemati, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

3. Farzad Honarjoo, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

4. Taymour Naderizadeh, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

5. Farzad Shahnazari, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

6. Arash Sharifi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

7. Shahram Ahmadi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

8. Varia Ghaderifard, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

9. Varia Mohamadi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

10. Farshid Nazeri, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

11. Abdolrahman Sangali, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

12. Kaveh Vaisi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

13. Farzad Nasrollahzadeh, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

14. Hekmat Nasri, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

15. Kayvan Momenifard, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

16. Edris Mohamadi, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

17. Omid Shahmoradi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

18. Ali Mojahedi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

19. Amjad Salehi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

20. Bahman Rahimi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

21. Mokhtar Rahimi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

22. Yavar Rahimi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

23. Mohamad Gharibi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

24. Omid Payvand, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

25. Faod Yousefi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

26. Kayvan Karimi, incarcerated in Rejaei Shahr prison

27. Taleb Maleki, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

28. Behrouz shahnazari, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

29. Jahangir Dehghani, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

30. Jamshid Dehgani, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

31. Kamal Malaei, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

32. Hamed Ahmadi, incarcerated in Ghezelhesar prison

33. Shahoo Ebrahimi, incarcerated in Rejaei shahr prison

34. Hamzeh Omri, incarcerated in Rejaei shahr prison

35. Kaveh Sharifi, incarcerated in ward 350 Evin prison

36. Alem Barmasheghi, incarcerated in the Sanandaj central prison

37. Jamal Sayed Mousa, incarcerated in the Sanandaj central prison

38. Bahir Shahnazar, incarcerated in Sanandaj Intelligence Ministry
detention center.

39. Loghman Amiri, ncarcerated in Sanandaj Intelligence Ministry
detention center.

Also, Sedigh Mohamadi and Sayed Haadi Hooseini’s death sentences were recently overturned by the Supreme Court and they are awaiting a retrial in the lower court at this time.

Source: HRANA


Ward 350 Political Prisoners: We Are Witnessing The Gradual Death Of One Of Our Cellmates

15 political prisoners incarcerated in Evin Ward 350 have written to Chief Judiciary Ayatollah Amoli Larijani voicing their concernm and warning him about the dire health condition of on-hunger strike political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki.

Hossein Ronaghi was arrested on December 13, 2009, during the unrest that followed the disputed presidential election of 2009. His arrest and sentencing to 15 years imprisonment, were on charges of: Spreading Propaganda Against the Establishment, Insulting The Leader and the Head of the Government , and membership in the internet group (Iran Proxy).

Ronaghi was also sentenced to an additional 2 1/2 years imprisonment for involvement in the Sarand camp earthquake volunteer workers’ case.
He suffered severe kidney damage during interrogations, and has undergone surgery several times. Hossein launched a hunger strike on August 28 protesting the officials disregard for his health condition and failure to transfer him to a hospital for proper treatment.

One week after Ronaghi started his hunger strike his mother, Zokaikha Mousavi, also launched a hunger strike protesting the Judicial authorities neglecting her son’s situation.

Following is the text of their letter as provided to the Kaleme website:

In the name of the Almighty,

Along with the countless suffering that we are faced with in prison, recently, we are witnessing the gradual death of our cellmate, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, whose candle of life is bit by bit melting down.

He suffers from a multitude of illnesses. He has gone under 7 kidney operations during the 4 years that he has been imprisoned. Each time, his condition after the surgery was considered successful. But, due to his return back to prison, and the lack of facilities essential for his treatment in prison, he regressed back to pre-operative status, or even worse.

Due to lack of in-prison treatment, and as the last resort available to him, he launched a hunger strike more than 25 days ago, which has aggravated his condition.

On August 24, Hossein was taken to Hasheminejad hospital, where after examination by their physicians for his kidney problems, hospitalization was recommended. Also, on August 28, he was taken to Modares hospital with gastrointestinal problems. There also, after examination by doctors, immediate hospitalization was recommended.

Despite objections by the doctors, the accompanying agents prevented his hospitalization and returned him back to prison.

The result of the doctors’ examinations and recommendations from Hasheminejad hospital, along with his previous medical files, were sent to the medical examiners office. The medical examiners office forwarded their recommendation to the district attorney’s office on August 28.

The medical examiners office has several times previously notified the district attorney’s office about Ronaghi’s grave health situation. But, despite his dire health condition and the dangerous worsening of his condition, the officials have made no attempt to hospitalize him. Instead of acting responsibly, they seem to be acting in spite of this patient.

Once, the officials, in response to his complaint told him, and another time told his father that, at most, he will die in prison and, after few days of media noise, everything will end and become quiet.

Unfortunately, this approach is from the people in an organization, under your management, that claim are enforcing Islamic laws and Divine justice.

Currently Mr. Ronaghi suffers from the following conditions as listed in his medical records:

– Kidney failure and obstruction of the ureter

– Infections and blood in the urine

– Enlargement of the prostate and bladder inflammation

– Stomach and digestive tract bleeding

– Cardiac angina, extreme low blood pressure, and high heart rate

Mr, Amoli Larijani.

You are well aware that according to Sharia and legal regulatory requirements, and the Bureau Of The Prisons rules and regulations, medical treatment is an obvious right of an ill prisoner and providing it is the responsibility of the prison officials, the officials at the district attorney’s office and the Judiciary Branch, and delay in providing it has religious and legal liability.

We give warning, serious warning, that the life of a man in Ward 350 is in danger, and with much worry and concern we announce that this warning letter may soon become a new witness statement.

We strongly urge you, before it’s too late, and a human life is sacrificed for the ignorance and negligence of officials at the district attorney’s office, to act immediately, for tomorrow may be too late.

The signatories:

Amir Khosro Dalirsani

Mohamad Davari

Alireza Rejaei

Sayad Ahmad Hashemi

Saeed Madani

Mohsen Mirdamadi

Abdollah Momeni

Sayd Alireza Beheshti

Ghorban Behzadnejad

Emad Bahavar

Mohamad Amin Hadavi

Masoud Pedram

Ali Khodabakhsh

Mohamad Hassan Yousefi

Source: Kaleme


Deteriorating Health And Grave Condition Of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki And His Mother Both On Hunger Strike

Prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki who has been on a hunger strike since August 9th was taken to the emergency room at Shahid Modares hospital on Wednesday August 28 in dire condition. His father says Hossein would not accept breaking his hunger strike or the administering of an IV.

Ahmad Ronaghi, extremely concerned about his son’s situation, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, “On Wednesday they took Hossein to the hospital due to stomach bleeding. They wanted to administer an IV but Hossein refused and said, “I will not break my hunger strike until I am granted medical furlough. I am losing my kidneys and you brought me here to break my hunger strike by administering an IV.”

Unfortunately, they took him to the hospital not to treat his kidneys, but because his condition had deteriorated. Hossein was in the hospital until early evening when they took him back to prison. We have no information on his condition since Wednesday, and unfortunately we are not permitted phone calls to the prison,”

Ahmad Ronaghi, responding to a question as to what answers he has received from the officials on granting Hossein medical furlough said, “During this entire time, I have only been able to see Mr. Khodabakhsh, the Deputy District Attorney. One time he says that IRGC does not permit medical furlough, another time he says that the person responsible for Hossein’s case does not permit furlough, and yet, sometimes he says he himself is not approving a furlough.

The last time I saw him, I told him I will kiss your hands, I will kiss your feet, I am losing my son. Don’t let that happen. But unfortunately, he will not give a straight answer and is misusing his power.”

Hossein Ronaghi’s father stressing that he just wrote another letter to Tehran’s District Attorney, Jafar Dowlatabadi, said, “So far, I have written letters to the District Attorney, to the Chief Judiciary, even to the Leader and Hassan Rouhani asking them for help in securing medical furlough for my son. I don’t know who else is responsible, no one has given me an answer. I don’t know where else to turn to and who else to tell of my pains. I have now been in Tehran for 35 days following up on my son’s case, to no avail, and finally my son was taken to hospital in dire health (and returned back to prison).”

Ahmad Ronaghi, speaking about his wife’s condition who is also on hunger strike in their home in Tabriz, said, “She is not doing well and is bed ridden. I don’t know what to do.”

Hossein Ronaghi was arrested on December 13, 2009, during the aftermath unrest that followed the disputed presidential election of 2009. His arrest and sentencing to 15 years imprisonment, were on charges of: Spreading Propaganda Against the Establishment, Insulting The Leader and the Head of the Government , and membership in the internet group (Iran Proxy),

He suffered severe kidney damage during interrogations, and has undergone surgery several times. Hossein launched a hunger strike on August 28 protesting the officials disregard for his health condition and failure to transfer him to a hospital for proper treatment.

Source: Kaleme

PS: Hossein Ronaghi was sentenced to an additional 2 1/2 years imprisonment for involvement in the Sarand camp earthquake volunteer workers’ case. While on medical furlough, Hossein had gone to Sarand to help with the relief efforts after a major earthquake hit Azarbaijan. Hossein, along with a number of other political prisoners who were also out on furlough, were ordered back to prison prior to the last presidential election


A Message From Vahed Kholosi A Former Prison Mate Of On-Hunger-Strike Hossein Ronaghi Maleki

Banned from education, activist Vahed Kholosi, was along side Hossein Ronaghi, as one of the Sarand earthquake relief camp volunteers. They went to the earthquake-stricken area of Azarbaijan to lend a hand to the people affected by this national disaster. He has written a note about what recent days are reminding him of.

His bitter words describe how the shame of remaining silent now, is harder then enduring being imprisoned, and how one can sometimes miss being in solitary confinement:

“In 2011, on nights like this, for the crime of being banned from education, I was trying to get a blanket for my first night in solitary confinement in IRGC’s Ward 2-A. The solitary confinement lasted 21 days followed by a 5 year imprisonment sentence.

In 2012, on nights like this, for the crime of helping the earthquake-stricken people, I was being beaten by the Tabriz Intelligence Ministry’s agents, and after that I received a 2 year imprisonment sentence.

In 2013, on this night, for the very crime of being, I am still alive and busy browsing the news. That news makes it more difficult to bear the shame of staying silent more than any arrest or exile:

– Hossein Ronaghi and his mother are on hunger strike.

– The death of humans and humanity in the chemical attacks in Syria.

– Executions after executions and more executions.

– The imprisonment of my brother “Navid Khanjani” behind those cold walls.

– The loss of someone dear, Rashid Esmaili

– Bombings, explosions, death, Iraq, Afghanestan, Pakestan, Syria, and……

– The incarceration and enchainment of many liberty seeking Iranians.

– The political circus whose ticket price has become the sap of the soul of humans.

And what has the this world inflicted upon you for you to miss being in a solitary confinement cell, so you won’t hear any more, you won’t see any more, you don’t suffer pain any more, eat your food, perform your prayers, just go to sleep without a thought of the future.”

Vahed Kholosi
August 23, 2013

Vahed Kholosi also wrote about Hossein Ronaghi in another short note:

“Many years ago when I was barred from education, he became my friend. I later saw him in Evin, and he became my strength.

He was granted furlough, but didn’t stay inactive. The Mother Land was mournful due to the earthquake, and Hossein felt he owed the earthquake-stricken people.

Before my eyes, they kicked his sides, hitting his ill kidneys. I was distraught, but their sick conscience was not distraught.

Hossein is in poor health and is on hunger strike, because Justice is hungry and sick. Hossein is loosing his hearing because the ruling apparatuses are deaf.

Hossein suffers from an impaired nervous system, because the country’s Judiciary system has become disordered.

Hossein is suffering from severe convulsions, like not only Iran but the whole Middle East has become convulsive.

We had the same interrogator, our fate now is the same. O you people who boasted of being in the war zone, grant Hossein medical furlough, and experience humanity again.”

Vahed Kholosi
Thursday August 29, 2013
11:10 PM

Source: Azadegan Blog


“My Son Is Under Pressure To Give False Confession” Says Father Of Political Prisoner Pezhman Zafarmand

Political prisoner Pezhman Zafarmand’s father, Hassan Zafarmand, tells the National-Religious website, “A few days ago I was finally able to visit my son for a few minutes in the presence of security guards. He was in a very bad shape, looked very pale, and hardly had the strength to talk.

He said he had been on hunger strike for 45 days. He looked in a terrible shape. He said his hands were feeling numb, and he could barely move them. He said he has been under pressure to give a televised confession.

Pezhman has told them he has not done anything wrong to make a confession about. He told them he has participated in a legal election and was one of the candidates’ campaign activist. It was something that many knew about and was nothing to hide, therefore, what is there for him to make a confession of?”

Pezhman Zafarmand was an activist at Mohamad Reza Aref’s presidential campaign headquarters in East Tehran prior to Aref’s withdrawal from the race. After that, he became an activist in Hassan Rohani’s presidential campaign.

Zafarmand was previously arrested in 2009 and 2010 for participating in the street protests. He was also arrested on October 30, 2012, along with Mehdi Khazali and a number of other activists and journalists, at the Pen Society’s meeting but was released after some time.

Hassan Zafarmand continues, “Pezhman was arrested right after the presidential election. After his arrest, we were unable to find any information about his status. After much follow up, we found out he was incarcerated in Ward 240 of Evin prison.

Pezhman has been arrested several times now. His life has been shattered despite all of his activities being within the frame work of the law, and all public.

He was very upset and said that, every time something happens, they come and arrest him. The first time, he was arrested right after the 2009 presidential election. Then they rearrested him in 2010 and then at the Pen society’s meeting in 2012 and now he is in this condition.”

After Pezhman Zafarmand was arrested at the Pen Society’s meeting, he was tried at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by Judge Salavati.

Mr. Zafarmand, not knowing what his son’s current charges are, said, “I still don’t know what he is being charged with, but he is still going under interrogations and I have no idea why it has taken so long. He was not able to talk about it at our meeting either. I still don’t know why they arrested him.

Is working in a presidential campaign, even for Mr. Rouhani, whose candidacy they had themselves confirmed, a crime?

All of Pezhman’s activities were public and he, along with other activists did a lot of campaigning (for the then candidate Mr. Rouhani). I don’t know why they arrested him?

They know very well that Pezhman has done nothing but to support and work in Mr. Rouhani’s campaign. Is it right for them to confront the youth of this country who do nothing but contribute towards the progress of their country and then try to extract false confessions?”

Mr. Zafarmand continued, “His latest arrest has nothing to do with the sentence they had given him before. None of the authorities give us an answer as to what his charges are and why is he under so much pressure.

Rather than help a young activist build a life, instead they are making his life miserable with this sort of confrontation. We all participated in this revolution and our aim was to build our country, not for some individuals to take control of everything and do what ever they deem right.

What I am saying is that, why do this to my son when he hasn’t done anything wrong? He has the right to a normal life. Release him and use his energy towards advancement of the country. Why should the youth that can serve the people and the country suffer and be imprisoned?

This is not only what I am asking for, but it is what all the other Iranian parents are asking for. These young men and women should not be imprisoned at all, much less being released with broken arms and legs after the imprisonment.

I as a father and as an Iranian citizen, was active in our revolution, and have worked very hard for many years for this country. My goal was for my son to comfortably live in an advanced country, not for him to be arrested & imprisoned for no reason.”

In conclusion Mr. Zafarmand, wishing for the release of all the political prisoners, adds, “Not the United States, not Israel nor any other country cares as much for this country as we the Iranians do. It is Iran and it’s people. We are one big family called Iran. We have to take care of ourselves and build a progressive country.

Every person strives to live a comfortable and honorable life. But not to be humiliated and harassed. These conditions we have now are not what is called living. Death is better than living under these circumstances. Why should we have to suffer and endure so much pain?

When they arrest someone, that person has a father, has a mother, has friends and relatives. Just think, with each arrest they make, how many enemies they do make for themselves.

Instead of promoting friendship and love, with these wrong actions we are promoting hostility and hatred. We are just making more enemies. For God’s sake where are we going?

I hope before it’s too late they release all those they have imprisoned so we can all hand-in-hand protect our country against external enemies and build a better country day by day.”

It should also be noted that another one of those arrested around the presidential election, Akbar Amini, is also under pressure to give a false confession.

Source: National-Religious website


Interview With Ronaghi And Abedini’s Mothers: “They Said Go On Hunger Strike And Die”

Hossein Ronaghi Abolfazl Abedini

Following is translation of an interview conducted by Roozonline with mothers of on hunger strike political prisoners Hossein Ronaghi Maleki and Abolfazl Abedini.

It has been more than two weeks since political prisoner Abolfazl Abedini launched a hunger strike protesting his illegal transfer to Karoon prison in Ahvaz, a hunger strike that has not fostered pursuit by any of the Judiciary officials.

On Sunday, political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Maleki incarcerated in Evin prison, announced the launch of a hunger strike in a letter to Abedini. He wrote, “I, in protest of the responsible authorities’ lack of respect for human life, failure to address the cases of ill political prisoners, added pressure on my family, arbitrary and illegal transfer of innocent political prisoners and forcing them into such inhumane conditions, the unknown status and whereabouts of some of the political prisoners, and also protesting continued non-adherence to the rule of law by officials, am launching a hunger strike.

Even though, I find this method of protest undesirable and wrong, and know that it will have heavy consequences for me.”

Considering his dire health condition, the hunger strike of this political prisoner has caused much concern among the human rights activists and his family.

Ronaghi’s mother, Zolaykha Mousavi tells Rooz, “Last Monday I went to visit him in prison, he told me he is having severe pain in his right kidney and has not been able to sleep for the past four nights due to the pain.

That same day, he told me about his decision to go on a hunger strike. I pleaded with him and said, “No Hossein. For the love of God, don’t go on a hunger strike. I told him I will go to the District Attorney’s office and see if I can obtain medical furlough and, God willing, they may grant furlough for Eid-e-Fetr (end of Ramedan).”

Mrs. Mousavi continues, “I went to the District Attorney’s office, and cried, and pleaded with the Deputy District Attorney. A number of other political prisoners’ family members were also there, and witnessed my pleas.

I said, for God’s sake, grant my son medical furlough, I have come here from Azarbijan. I explained Hossein’s health problems and the pain he is suffering from his right kidney, and asked them to please approve his furlough so he can go to specialists for treatment. They denied the furlough.

I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, then what are you going to do? Do you want to kill him? As you have stated before? He replied, perhaps it is so”

I asked her, “was Hossein told that they are going to kill him?” She replied, “Hossein had told one of the prison officials that he will go on a hunger strike and his answer was, :What do you think is going to happen? You will die and soon after everything will become quiet.” I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, “Is this what you want?” He replied, “Perhaps that is so.””

Zolaikha Mousavi adds, “They said they will not approve medical furlough, and he must continue treatment in prison. I told him, “He has gone under operation in a hospital several times, but was returned to prison again, which then caused an exasperation of his condition. This time he is suffering from pain in his right kidney.”

Mr. Khodabakhsh said that the District Attorney has ordered that Hossein not be given medical furlough. I told him, “I have come all the way from Azarbaijan and you are ignoring my pleas. I have been coming to you for the last four years, there is not a place that I have not gone to pursuing Hossein’s case. Every time, I cry and plea, but no one gives me any answer.””

Hossein Ronaghi’s mother continues, “They asked me why I speak to the media, I told them it’s their own fault, “If you heard my pleas then I wouldn’t have to talk to the media. I am a mother, for four years I have been tormented, I said, “Why are you so cruel Mr. Khodabakhsh. It’s Ramedan, I have come here from a long distance in this heat, but no matter how much I beg you won’t give me an answer.””

Mrs. Mousavi stressing the dire health of her son says, “Doctors have said that Hossein must be on a proper nutritional diet, which is not available in prison. Hossein told me he can not tolerate this any longer, they torment him there in prison.

You don’t know the agony that we have suffered. You don’t know what we went through last year when he was on hunger strike and ended up in a hospital as a result. It aged us, the agony and anguish we suffered made the hospital workers cry for us.”

Hossein’s mother, crying, continues, “When I heard he had gone on a hunger strike, I didn’t know what to do. I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, “What has my son done? They have imprisoned the innocent children of people/ I am a mother. What should I do?” And his reply to me was that they follow the Prophets path. For God’s sake, that is not how the Prophet was. The Prophet respected even his enemies. If they were sick he would pay them visits. Mr. Khodabakhsh why are you this way?”

What Zolaykha Mousavi is asking is for them to grant her son medical furlough. At the end of the interview, as she was crying, she said, “Why are they doing this? All they want is to kill Hossein and that is it.”

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested December 2009 in the city of Malekan in Azarbaijan province and was transferred to Tehran after his arrest. He used the pen name Babak Khoramdin on his blog. He was among the people who protested the results of 2009 presidential election. He was also a member of the committee against censorship. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on charges of anti-National Security acts. (Translator’s note: Hossein was also tried and sentenced to additional 2 years imprisonment in the Sarand Camp earthquake relief workers case).

“Pray for my son to halt his hunger strike”

Political prisoner Abolfazl Abedini, a witness in Sattar Beheshti’s case was transferred from Evin prison to Karoon prison in Ahvas on July 28. This was not the first time that Abedini was exiled. Last fall he was also illegally transferred to Ahvaz.

He was transferred after he gave testimony in the case of Sattar Beheshti, the critic blogger who died as a result of torture while in custody. Abedini had testified before the Magistrate that he had seen signs of torture on Sattar Beheshti’s body.

At the time of his last transfer out of Evin, protesting his illegal transfer, he proclaimed he will go on a hunger strike and will not halt it until he is returned back to Evin.

Now that more than two weeks have passed since the start of his hunger strike, concerns are raising about his health and the conditions under which he is being held in Ahvaz Karoon prison.

Abolfazl Abedini’s mother, Sareh Aivazi, in an interview with Rooz, stressed that on her last visit with her son, he appeared very weak and thin and declined his family’s urging him to halt his hunger strike.

Mrs. Aivazi said, “One time they take him to solitary confinement, another time they add to his sentence. It has been four years now that we are going through this. We are tired of writing so many letters (to officials). What we are asking is for him to be returned back to Tehran, lower his sentence and ultimately release him.”

After Abedini was illegally transferred to Ahvaz, 44 political prisoners in Evin wrote a statement of protest and asked for his return back to Evin.

In that statement, pointing out that Abedini has been in prison for four years without being allowed a furlough, they said, “He as a patriotic Iranian young man, solely due to his diligent pursuit of the national interests and his human rights activities, just as many other activists of the Green Movement, encountered unjust imprisonment and was sentenced to 12 1/2 years incarceration.”

Abedini’s mother told Rooz: “My son suffers from a heart and kidney condition. Ahvaz prison does not have a political prisoner ward. At least in Tehran, he was in the political prisoners ward. In Ahvaz the prisoners are criminals convicted on drug charges and murder and the prison lacks many facilities.”

Mrs. Aivazi, sobbing, continues, “Pray for him, pray for him to come back to Tehran soon and to break his hunger strike. The 13 years imprisonment sentence they gave him did not effect us as much as has these last 15 days that he has been on hunger strike. We are extremely worried and are under a lot of pressure.”

Previously in a letter to Chief Judiciary, Ayatollah Larijani, Abedini had detailed the violence that he suffered in prison, he wrote, “Aside from the method used in arresting this defendant, when I was rolling in pain from being hit and kicked, and from the blows with a cable to my frail feet, again the terms of “civil rights” and “the rights of the accused” were dancing before my eyes and in my mind. That how could the people who thought of themselves as the enforcers of the Justice Department have made such a mockery of it all.”

He was tried in April 2010 in the Revolutionary Court of Ahvaz and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment on charges of association with hostile governments, human rights activism and propaganda against the establishment through giving interviews to foreign press.

Source: Rooz


10 Political Prisoners In Solitary Confinement Have Launched A Hunger Strike

10 political prisoners incarcerated in solitary confinement in Evin Ward 240 have launched a hunger strike following the prison officials’ failure to fulfill their promise to return them to the General Ward 350.

Incarcerated in solitary confinement and demanding to be returned to Ward 350, the following prisoners have launched an open ended hunger strike.

1 – Saeed Madani
2 – Abdollah Momeni
3 – Abolfazl Abedini Nasr
4 – Siyamak Ghaderi
5 – Amir Khosro Dalirsani
6 – Mohamad Hassan Yousefpour Seifi
7 – Saeed Abedini
8 – Kamran Ayazi
9 – Mohamad Ebrahimi
10-Poriya Ebrahimi

Following the transfer of these 10 political prisoners to solitary confinement on Sunday April 28, they had announced they would launch a hunger strike. But due to requests from their fellow prisoners and promises made by the officials, had delayed the launch of their hunger strike. However, due to failure of the officials to keep their promise to move them back to Ward 350, they started their hunger strike as of Monday night.

Reports indicate that these 10 prisoners are in complete isolation and are deprived of basic rights and recess time outside of their cell.

On Monday, the regular visitation day, the families of these prisoners were denied visits with them. Also on Monday, political prisoner Mohamad Amin Hadavi, in protest of the treatment of the 10 prisoners. refused to go to the visitation room .

According to reports, some of these prisoners are in poor health condition:
Saeed Madani is in need of gallbladder surgery.
Abdollah Momeni is suffering from kidney, gums and teeth problems.
Abolfazl Abedini Nasr is suffering from kidney and heart condition.
Saeed Abedini is suffering from gastrointestinal and digestive problems.
Mohamad Ebrahimi has a lung problem.

These prisoners have remained in solitary confinement since April 28, and the Deputy Warden, Javad Momeni, has made additional threats against them. Also, the Judiciary officials have told the wife of Abdollah Momeni that these prisoners will remain in solitary for 20 days.

Source: Kaleme


Dr. Mehdi Khazali’s Wife: My Husband’s Life Is In Serious Danger, He Should Be In A CCU

On day 110 of dissident blogger Dr. Mehdi Khazali’s hunger strike, a number of political activists visited with his wife. In this meeting, Dr. Khazali’s wife questioned the silence from the Grand Ayatollahs and the senior members of the clergy on her husband’s situation.

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According to Kalameh, during this meeting, Dr. Khazali’s wife described the pressure that her husband is under, saying, “It’s now been about six months that dear Mehdi has been kept in a small cell, under harsh conditions and without basic facilities, while he has been on hunger strike for 110 days under tight security.”

She also indicated that even the short phone calls from her husband are getting shorter with by the harassment and interference from the agents.

Mrs. Khazali describing her husband’s health situation said, “His physical condition is very alarming and dangerous. According to my husband, in our last phone call, he said that, due to severe weakness and low blood pressure, he has fallen twice, suffers from shortness of breath and, with a history of heart disease, he needs to hospitalized and placed under special care at a CCU.

But, despite all of this, they are still keeping my husband in a small cell and refuse to transfer him to a hospital. My husband is currently refusing being connected to an IV.”

In response to how long this hunger strike is going to last, she replied, “My husband is a religious man, a revolutionary, a free minded man and has an iron will.

My husband is a man who performed his duty selflessly during the war as a radio-man in the front lines. At that time with radio in hand he guided his comrades by pointing out their weak points and pointed out where the aggressors were attacking from. Today, as he said himself, he is performing his duty on a different front.

Even though I have repeatedly told him that they can not tolerate his critical writings, have deprived him of his basic citizen’s rights, and have repeatedly imprisoned him, but he saw it as his duty to write. Just as he did before, he put on his war uniform and wrote with his pen as his weapon, and he wrote and wrote and wrote.

Whenever he was upset and irritated at the state of the affairs of the country, he resorted to writing, which satisfied him and calmed him down.”

She added, “In our recent phone calls I have begged him to halt his hunger strike.”

At the end of this meeting, Mrs. Khazali read a letter she had addressed to the Grand Ayatollas, the senior members of the clergy, religious scholars and the jurists.

Following is the text of Mrs. Khazali’s message:

“In the name of God of the martyrs and the truth tellers,

Grand Ayatollahs, the senior members of the clergy, religious scholars, the jurists, the noble people of Iran, authorities, government officials and the people in power: I, Dr. Mehdi Khazali’s wife, am a descendant of the celestial Lordship (the Prophet Mohamad), descendant of Fatemeh Zahra and Imam Ali. The Fatemeh who is the personification of Kausar Surah (Quran, Psalm 108, “The Abundance”, name of a fountain in Paradise), Ali Morteza, the example of piety and virtue, the one who pulled a thorn from a Jewish woman’s foot and said he deserved to die for the injustice inflicted upon this woman.

I declare, that my husband’s life is in danger. This great man is nearing martyrdom. I am baffled that the authorities are aware of this and do nothing, and the Grand Ayatollahs and Jurists have only become spectators and remain silent.

Whoever slays a human being, unless it be as punishment for murder or spreading corruption in the land, it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves a life, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely (Quran, Psalm Maaedeh verse 5.32).

The honorables and the dignitaries, what if we remain ignorant and silent and a great man loses his life, and then we become aware and repentant?

Today, with tears of blood, I shout my husband’s innocence, just as my mother Fatemeh Zahra did. I shout and wail.

Just as my Ladyship did, I beat the door of each and everyone of your homes and will narrate our grievances. Perhaps one of you will seek justice for the oppressed from the tyrant.

Source: Kalameh


Dr. Mehdi Khazali’s son: Some Say “Let Him Die” You Say You Are Doing This For Your People

Dissident blogger Dr. Mehdi Khazali, on day 107 of his hunger strike, is still incarcerated in the high security Intelligence Ministry’s Ward 209 at Evin prison.

Dr. Khazali launched his hunger strike in protest of his illegal arrest and detention, and has vowed to remain on it until released from prison.

Dr. Khazali’s son Mohamad Saleh posted the following note on his Facebook last night:

Mohammad Saleh Khazali

Mohammad Saleh Khazali

“Thursday April 11 we went to visit with my father.

When, after two weeks of anxiety and stress, you go for a visit and you know that your dear one is on a hunger strike, and don’t know how he is doing, you become more sensitive to anything that occurs prior to the visit.

When we got there (Evin), an old man who has been working there at Ward 209 since the beginning of the Revolution and is a treasure chest of……… angrily said, “Go and come back next week.”

And after a bit of hesitation, as we look at him, thinking a thousand thoughts that something may have happened (for we know that there have been cases in the past when the family was notified days later).

Then the old man with an indescribable calmness picks up the phone and says, “Bring Mehdi Khazali.”

They then took us to visit my father, where we sat and see my father from behind the glass window and observed how each time he becomes weaker, and how difficult it is to see my father wasting away….

From afar, father was coming with a guard firmly holding his hand so he could walk. As he was getting nearer, at each one of the steps he took, it was as though my heart beat was injecting life within my being.

When you see your father shivering from being so weak while you know he is as warm as the sun and as strong as Damavand mountain and you know he will never succumb to tyranny. When we ask him to break his hunger strike telling him it is not good for his health, he answers, “I will stand till the end”. He deplores enslavement, and seeks liberty.

When I tell him that, those who consider themselves revolutionaries and loyal to the system, call you an anti-revolutionary who seeks to overthrow the regime, and those who are anti-revolution and want to overthrow the regime, consider you loyal to the system and the revolution.

Each group, with it’s own beliefs, attack you, and only thing that seems not to have any value here is the lives of human beings.

Those who claim that they can’t even hurt an ant, say; “Let him die”.

Many of the revolutionaries do not know that there is no one more revolutionary than you. And many opponents, calling themselves intellectuals and claiming freedom of speech and thoughts, oppose your notion to support the system and the revolution, even at the cost of the life of an innocent human being.

In your father’s home, they have created such an atmosphere as though you are an infidel deserving to be fought against, for they think you have raised your sword against Islam, God and Quran.

They have spread lies and falsehood among the people as though you are in a seven star hotel in Evin, enjoying luxury and having a merry old time, and are laughing at them.

Among your friends and acquaintances, they have done things to make them either nervous to say anything or have believed the lies the interrogators have told about you: that you were making easy money through your connections in high places and living a good life, and only became a critic after your means of easy income were cut-off.

One of your friends, who was arrested with you and was in Ward 209, after he was released, totally forgot about your friendship and carried out the interrogators’ orders by spreading lies about your wealth inside Iran and abroad, and many other false accusations that they have no problem in making, all paved the way for his case to be closed and not prosecuted. What else can I say…..

Despite all of these, you still say you are standing firm till the end.

I now have a question for you dear father, I am young and inexperienced but you are a vast endless ocean.

I ask you for whom are you doing this? You are prepared to give up everything (your wife and children), when you could have reached high places and high positions that your brothers could not have even dreamed of. Because they did not have your education, your experience nor your potential, they have only reached high places because of my grandfather’s position (Ayattollah Khazali).

But you, on day 103 of your hunger strike, in a 2 by 2 meter cell, firmly say, “I am standing until the end (with a sense of serenity that I have experienced all my life). You say, “I am doing this for my God, the Revolution and my people.”

To the best of my ability, I know God. I ask God to make me comprehend your ideology, for I still do not comprehend this ideology or that how far one can be loyal to an ideology.

I wasn’t there during the Revolution, I have only heard about it from you and your memories of my martyred uncle.

But I can understand the people. I do not want to resort to the Karbela and Kufa story (the battle of Karbela where Imam Hossein was killed by Yazeed and the people of Kufa despite their promise to support Imam Hossein betrayed him). But, some that used to be your close friends, now make me resort to the story of the people of Kufa.

If you are doing this for the people, it seems to me that, to change a society, the people must first change themselves.

They pre-occupy the people with poisonous propaganda. Unfortunately, the people themselves are not really after the truth, and (they) have pre-occupied them with the hardships of daily lives.

Dear father, I truly comprehend this last point!!!!”

Mohamad Saleh Khazali
Monday April 15, 2013
1:30 AM

Source: Azadegan Blog