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“We are honored to have cellmates like you”; Jailed blogger writes in solidarity with Sotoudeh

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Jailed blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has issued a letter of solidarity from Evin Prison for Nasrin Sotoudeh, the jailed lawyer and recent winner of the Sakharov Award from the European Parliament who is on a hunger strike to protest her mistreatment in prison. The letter reads, “Despite all the pain, there is another reality. The reality that while it is unjust to be imprisoned for defending the rights of others and protecting human dignity, freedom, national interests and the progress of our land, it is also an honor, so we are honored to have cellmates like you… One day in this very prison you told me that you have faith that what we are doing is not futile, that our path is right and will come to the right end. You said all our pain will bear fruit; you said in this world of expanding communication, no secret will remain uncovered, that victory is ours. You told me of Aung San Suu Kyi and other freedom fighters, and all those who suffered for long, resisted but did not lose faith in the onslaught of disappointments… What is certain is that deception, lies and oppression have become a blunted tool, and the people’s awareness has destroyed the weapons of threat and deception. Finally the foundations of cruelty will fall, oppression will end and freedom will dawn.” Ronaghi Maleki, who was arrested following the 2009 election protests, was released in July of 2012. He was arrested again, however, while volunteering in an independent relief camp in Eastern Azerbaijan and offering aid to victims. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

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  • Published: 31 days ago on Tuesday, 30 October 2012
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: October 30, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
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    • http://www.kaleme.com/1391/08/04/klm-117330/

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