Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sick Prisoner of Conscience Begins Hunger Strike

“I asked Mr. Khodabakhsh, ‘Do you want to kill my son?’
I told him what that official had told Hossein a few days ago,
that if he went on a hunger strike, nothing would happen,
he would die and a few days later, everything would be finished,
and I asked him, ‘Is this what you want to do?’
and he said, ‘Maybe,’” said Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s mother.
Prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on a
hunger strike since Sunday, August 11, to protest the prison authorities’ lack of attention to his and other sick prisoners’ conditions, and to support Abolfazl Abedini, a prisoner on hunger strike since July 28. Ronaghi’s mother expressed concern about her son’s hunger strike and told the International Campaign for Human rights in Iran that a prison authority told Hossein Ronaghi, “Go on a hunger strike! What could happen? It will take a few days, and then you will die, and the whole thing will be over in a few days later.”

Zoleikha Mousavi told the Campaign that according to doctors, her son needs to be put on medical furlough. “I met with Hossein last Monday. He wasn’t feeling well. He said he had not slept for four nights because of pain in his right kidney. He said that if he doesn’t get a response he will go on a hunger strike. I begged him to please not do it, because it pains me so much. He said they don’t want to give him furlough. Today I learned that he has started a hunger strike. His father went to Tehran today to see what he can do,” she said.

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