“I am hostage in the hands of Iranian government” Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian in a phone call with her family


Zeinab Jalalian, a political prisoner in Iran, in her recent phone call with her family told them that she is in a complicated condition and that the Iranian government’s actions are aimed to put more pressure on her.

Zaynab Jalalian was able to call her family on Tuesday, June 20, 2020 and inform them of her condition in prison.

According to credible sources of KMMK, Zeinab has stated that she is a hostage in the hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran. She mentioned in the phone call about the inhumane treatment of prison authorities and said that she had been subjected to psychological abuse and torture, and that she was not allowed to access medical care.

According to the information received, she has asked the prison authorities to be sent to a hospital outside of the prison due to her health problems, repeatedly, but her requests have been rejected by the authorities despite her poor medical condition.

On Tuesday, 2nd of June 2020, Zeinab was sent  to the prison’s medical center due to severe shortness of breath. After being examined and tested, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection.

It has to be mentioned Zeinab suffers from some chronic health problems. She suffers from ailments such as pterygium, oral thrush (oral candidiasis), and other severe infections. She also suffers from intestinal and gastric diseases and severe hypertension.

In April 2020, Zeinab Jalalian was transferred from Khoy prison to Qarchak prison, while according to Iranian law, the Prisons Organization is obliged to transfer prisoners to the nearest prison where their families live.

Zeinab has served 13  consecutive years in prison without leave permission and her family says their efforts to take leave permission for their child have so far been unsuccessful.

Disagreement with Zeinab Jalalian’s leave permission comes after  the Iranian judiciary has announced that they have granted leave permission for more than 70,000 prisoners across the country in order to prevent and deal with the spread of COVID-19.

This eastern Kurdistan political activist was sentenced in 2009 to one year prison sentence for illegally leaving the country and to death on charges of “war against God and state” known as Moharebeh in Islamic court and membership in PJAK. This sentence was reduced later to life imprisonment.

Kurdistan human rights Association