28-year-old blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, is on hunger strike in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison because he is being denied vital medical treatment.
Hossein Ronaghi Maleki suffers from severe problems with his kidneys, intestines, bladder and heart. He blames these problems on the torture and harsh conditions he has suffered over the last four years since being arrested.
He has already undergone at least four operations, including one to remove a kidney. However the authorities are now refusing to grant him medical leave.
Medical care denied
On 28 August he was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with renal and gastrointestinal bleeding. Despite needing to be hospitalised he was transferred back to the prison without receiving any medical care.
His mother, Zoleikha Mousavi, has started her own hunger strike in desperation for her son’s condition.
‘If Hossein is to die, I prefer to die too.’ - Zoleikha Mousavi, Hossein’s mother.
Free speech denied
Hossein was arrested in 2009 after the unrest that followed the disputed presidential election. He is serving a 15-year sentence for spreading propaganda against the regime, membership of the internet group Iran Proxy and insulting the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
We believe Hossein is a prisoner of conscience because he is being held solely on account of his peaceful exercise of his right to free speech and freedom of expression.
Please join us in demanding the Iranian authorities immediately release him and make sure he receives the proper medical care he urgently needs
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