Reports on social media indicate that civil activist and former prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi has been arrested by security forces.
Ronaghi is an advocate for human rights and Internet freedom, and has spent several years in prison for his peaceful activities.
Officials have not yet responded to reports of his arrest.
Meanwhile, his brother, Hassan Ronaghi tweeted yesterday that “my brother has not been heard from since the morning he left home. Some friends said that he has been contacted several times with an anonymous number.”
“Whatever happens to Hossein, the office of the supreme leader, the IRGC and the judiciary are responsible,” he added.
Majid Tavakoli, a civil activist, also tweeted yesterday that “there is no news of Hossein Ronaghi since this morning and his family and we (his friends) are worried.” He added: “Hossein is a hero who has worked hard for the freedom of the Internet in the last two decades. He has always been the voice of the people with courage and has fought for democracy, human rights and a free Iran.”
In his latest Twitter post published on Tuesday, Ronaghi criticized “the Bill for the Protection of the Rights of Cyberspace Users” which would drastically increase the Iranian authorities’ ability to censor and surveil activity on the internet in Iran. He said that the proposed bill it based on the “opinion and wishes” of the regime’s Supreme Leader.
Prison authorities in Rajai Shahr Prison have prevented the continuation of treatment and surgery of the gums of political prisoner Hassan Sadeghi.
Hassan Sadeghi went to the hospital for several sessions and his gums were operated on and sutured, but he was told that he was no longer allowed to be sent to a hospital outside prison.
“Political prisoner Hassan Sadeghi received treatment at his own expense and was sent to a dentist outside the prison for several sessions,” a reliable source said. “But suddenly he was prevented from being sent for further treatment and he was informed that he was no longer allowed transfer to hospital.”
“He had a gum surgery and his gums are sutured and treatment has not yet been completed,” the source added. “This condition can definitely lead to gum infection and further complications. How he should take out the stitches?”
Hassan Sadeghi is currently being held in Rajai Shahr Prison. Due to his many years in prison, the political prisoner suffers from various illnesses such as eye condition, severe back pain and foot pain, and gum disease.
Political prisoner Forough Taghipour has been taken to a filthy cell with no access to hygiene or medical care after she contracted the omicron Covid variant in Qarchak Prison in Varamin, in Tehran Province.
She suffers from lung disease and asthma and has symptoms of the virus since last week. Alarm is growing over the danger the poor condition poses to her. An informed source said, “Instead of properly treating the political prisoner, prison officials transferred her to a dirty room and there is a threat of her contracting other diseases.”
“In this room, called quarantine, Forough, who was already in critical condition, is being held in a dirty place with no access to hygiene or medical care,” the source said. Born in 1994, Forough Taghipour has graduated in accounting with a bachelor’s degree.
Forough Taghipour and her mother, Nassim Jabbari, were arrested on February 24, 2020.
Mrs. Jabbari, 58, was released on bail in mid-March and eventually exonerated of her charges.
Forough Taghipour, however, remained in detention and under interrogation in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. She was pressured to cooperated with the Ministry of Intelligence and appear on TV making false confessions against herself.
Mohammad Habibi, a spokesman for the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA), said that Ministry of Education has issued some directives aimed at “terrorizing” teachers and preventing them from attending protest rallies.
On his Twitter account Habibi published the pictures of two directives recently issued by the Ministry of Education.
He criticized education officials for “terrorizing” teachers instead of “meeting their legitimate demands.”
In one of these directives, all school principals in Zarrin Dasht in Fars province were ordered to “explain” teachers that “taking part in gatherings and sit-ins inside and outside the schools is against the law,” and any teacher who takes such an action will be referred to the Board of Administrative Violations of Education Staff.
Another directive issued in Khorramabad, states that “foreign media” have “lined up” to “target” the Teachers Ranking Plan. The directive instructed all the principals in the area to be “vigilant”, to have “complete control” over the forces under their cover, and to “persuade” their colleagues to avoid gatherings and sit-ins.
Political prisoner Ebrahim Seddiq Hamedani has been on hunger strike in Marivan Prison since February 12. He has been on a medication strike since Monday, January 24, and now faces physical problems such as hyperglycemia.
Mr. Ebrahim Seddiq Hamedani’s strike is to protest prison officials’ failure to fulfill their promises that he and his son would be transferred to Sanandaj Prison. This prisoner’s son, Salar Seddiq Hamedani, started a hunger strike at Kamyaran Prison on Thursday, February 3. He ended his strike a few days later.
Ebrahim and his son, Salar, were previously transferred from Urmia Prison to Marivan Prison, and then Kamyaran Prison. The two political prisoners had started their hunger strikes on Monday, January 3, to protest the lack of implementation of the principle of segregation of crimes. The father and son simultaneously held a sit-in in front of the security office of Urmia Prison. The two ended their strike about 10 days ago following a favorable promise by the authorities.
Ebrahim Seddiq Hamedani, his son Salar Seddiq Hamedani, and his daughter Maryam were arrested on February 23, 2019. They were transferred to the city’s central prison on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, after being subjected to 2 months of interrogation. Maryam Seddiq Hamedani, who was transferred to the women’s ward of this prison, was released on bail on April 25, 2019.
Branch 2 of the Urmia Revolutionary Court eventually sentenced Ebrahim and Salar Seddiq Hamedani to 16 years in prison. The charges against them included “acting against national security through membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)” and “propaganda against the state.”
Political prisoner Khadijeh Medipour was beaten by several violent criminals and injured in the eye on Thursday.
Iran’s Prisons Organization confirmed the news on Friday, February 11, saying that the reason for the “conflict” was “obscenity and insult” to Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the regime, Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, and Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in January 2020 in Iraq in a US drone strike.
Agents of the IRGC Intelligence arrested Khadijeh Mehdipour on October 10, 2021. Two days later, they transferred her to the women’s ward of the Central Prison of Ilam, where she has been serving a 20-month prison term.
She has been detained there since in violation of the principle of separation of crimes.
Mehdipour, 34, had been arrested once before on October 3, 2020, for her activities on social media. Her sentence was to pay 3 million Tomans in cash.
In 2021, two officials who have committed tremendous rights violations for decades, the mullah’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’I, ascended to top positions of power in Iran.
By appointing major human rights violators, which obviously threat Iran’s civil society, Khamenei is using all his power to crush protests, restrict activists, and stifle any dissent.
Suppression of activists intensified, as did the crackdown on Iran protests in 2021.
Beset by a whole host of economic, social and political crises, the clerical regime tried to rein in simmering social discontent by use of brute force. This is while that the Iranian people from all walks of life, have been protesting the regime’s failure to resolve numerous crises in the country that are affecting their lives. State forces kill protesters in Sistan and Baluchestan
The bloody crackdown on fuel transporters in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan Province in February is more evidence of the regime’s intention to stifle any form of dissent. The state security forces used lethal state force used against demonstrators since unrest broke out in the area on February 22, 2021, killing at least 40 men and injuring more than 100 in the southeast province amid an intermittent shutdown of the internet.
Deadly repression of protests against water, power shortages The unlawful killings of protesters by state security forces in Iran’s drought-ridden Khuzestan Province added to concerns that the rights situation in Iran steadily worsened.
Two Baluch men were killed by narcotic forces in Sistan and Baluchistan, south-eastern Iran.
According to Rasanak, a regional human rights news agency, a Baluch fuel carrier identified as Mahmoud Brahui was shot and seriously injured by narcotic forces on Saturday, December 25. He died at the hospital on Sunday, due to the severity of his injuries.
Narcotic forces opened fire on his car, on suspicion that he was carrying drugs. According to the report, Mahmoud’s car was empty and the agents fired at him without warning.
The terms “fuel carrier” and “border porter” are an unfortunate consequence of 42 years of corruption and mismanagement under the Iranian regime which has resulted in a significant lack of job opportunities, especially for Iranians in north-western and south-eastern Iran.
Iranian security forces and the IRGC shoot and kill Baluch fuel traders with impunity.
The Iranian regime’s security forces and police have a history of shooting and killing civilians.
Qarchak prison officials are preventing political prisoner Zahra Safaei from being sent to hospital to continue treatment for his heart problems. The warden of Qarchak Prison, Soghra Khodadadi, has not allowed Mrs. Safaei to receive medical treatment despite the doctor’s prescription and her family’s repeated inquiries.
The political prisoner suffered a heart attack in late August and underwent angiography after many hindrances by the authorities of Qarchak Prison. Since then she needs to be regularly visited by a specialist in a hospital, something of which she has been deprived.
Authorities in Qarchak Prison refuse to provide medical treatment to pressure Zahra Safaei. She also suffers from a toothache. Prison authorities have turned down her request to visit a dentist outside the prison at her own expense. The prison’s clinic has not provided her with any medical treatment. According to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which all UN Member States are expected to abide by, “…Sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialized institutions or to civil hospitals.”