Imprisoned Iranian Cyber Activist Requires Immediate Medical Attention

Freedom House calls on Iranian authorities to immediately release imprisoned Iranian cyber activist Hossein Ronaghi Maleki on extended medical leave and allow him to seek medical attention from doctors that are not affiliated with the government.

Maleki’s health is deteriorating, as he suffers from a serious kidney and gastrointestinal tract infection stemming from internal bleeding brought about by severe torture and imprisonment in  Iran’s Evin Prison. This past week, Maleki was transferred to a hospital where he was under the supervision of prison guards. He was later sent back to prison without having received adequate medical care.  

Hossein Ronaghi’s mother, Zoleikha Mousavi, launched a hunger strike on August 20 to support her son, leading to her hospitalization on September 3rd.  

In an open letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei on September 1, Maleki claimed that authorities had been unresponsive to and ignored attempts to report his condition, and said that the authorities and the judiciary are directly responsible for his medical condition as well as his mother’s condition.  He has been hospitalized numerous times, but has never received adequate treatment for his condition.

Maleki was detained solely for exercising his right to free expression – sentenced  in 2010 to 15 years in prison on trumped up charges of “organizing an illegal group with the intent to disrupt national security,” generating ”anti-regime” propaganda, insulting the Supreme leader and his predecessor, and “publishing lies with intention of disturbing the public order.”

Iran is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2013, Freedom of the Press 2013 and Freedom on the Net 2012.  

Learn more:

Freedom in the World 2013: Iran

Freedom of the Press 2013: Iran

Freedom on the Net 2012: Iran

Countries at the Crossroads 2012: Iran

Blog: Freedom at Issue

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