Tehran: father of political prisoner joins son in hunger strike

Apr 12
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Political prisoners Hossein Ronaghi Malaki and Saeed Shirzad on hunger strike in Evin and Raja’i Shahr Prison
Political prisoners Hossein Ronaghi Malaki and Saeed Shirzad on hunger strike in Evin and Raja’i Shahr Prison

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Ahmad Ronaghi, father of jailed blogger Hossein Ronaghi Malaki, went on hunger strike protesting prison authorities’ refusal to provide medical care for his son.

“I will continue my hunger strike even if it costs me my life,” he said.

Hossein Ronaghi Malaki had gone on hunger strike on March 24th protesting his illegal detention and being deprived of any access to medical care. He has continued his hunger strike to this day.

“Hossein had spent 13 months in solitary confinement and lost a kidney. However, no medical care was provided for my son,” his father says.

It is worth noting that Amnesty International issued a statement on April 5th raising its concerns over the physical status of political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi Malaki and calling for his immediate release.

This statement reads in part: “Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, a prisoner of conscience, has been on hunger strike since 26 March in protest at the prison authorities withholding his medication. His health is failing and doctors have advised against stopping his specialized medical care, which he cannot receive in prison.”

This blogger was arrested on December 13, 2009 by Revolutionary Guards intelligence agents, and following 10 months of torture and interrogation in Section 2A of Evin Prison he was sentenced by branch 26 of Iran’s courts to 15 years behind bars. The charges raised against him include insulting Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei and president Hassan Rouhani. This ruling was then upheld in branch 54 of the appeals court. Suffering from various illnesses due to the inhumane conditions in prison and vicious tortures imposed by MOIS/VEVAK agents, he is currently suffering from serious damages in his spinal cord, losing a kidney, internal abdominal bleeding, eye infection, lung problems and breathing disorders. With his remaining kidney now infected, he is on the verge of losing his last kidney. It is worth noting that the regime’s repressive agents in Evin Prison have placed him alongside ordinary criminals to place him under further pressure.

Amnesty International also reported that human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Saeed Shirzad has started a hunger strike since 31 March in protest at the authorities’ disregard for regulations governing separation of different categories of prisoners. Saeed Shirzad, an active member of the Society for Defending Street and Working Children, is held in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj near Tehran, awaiting the outcome of his appeal against his five-year prison term.

Hunger strike in Zahedan prison (southeast Iran)

Baluchi minority political prisoner Amanollah Shahbakhsh went on hunger strike on Thursday, April 7th in Zahedan prison protesting the facility’s inhumane conditions and Iranian regime agents depriving him of any medical care.

This political prisoner suffered a bullet wound during his arrested by the Revolutionary Guards, paralyzing him from the waist down. He is currently unable to walk and do his daily chores, and to this day regime authorities have deprived him of any medical care.

The Zahedan prison clinic has time and again informed the warden they are unable to provide any care for this prisoner, and he must be transferred to a hospital outside of prison to receive medical care. However, notorious Ministry of Intelligence interrogators are blocking his transfer to a hospital outside of the prison in order to place more pressure on this political prisoner.

 

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