Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian began her hunger strike on June 20, 2020, in protest of not being transferred from Qarchak Prison.
The request of the political prisoner, infected with the coronavirus, is to be either transferred to Evin Prison, where most women political prisoners are kept, or returned to the Prison of Khoy where she was previously held.
Zeinab Jalalian is currently being held in the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison and is denied access to medical treatment.
“Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian also suffers from asthma. Due to her infection with the coronavirus, she coughs constantly, and her lung condition has deteriorated. After her infection with the Covid-19 was confirmed, she had a chest X-ray and was immediately returned to the quarantine ward of Qarchak Prison”, an informed source said about Zainab’s illness.
Sanitary conditions in the quarantine ward are horrible. This ward has even fewer facilities than other parts of the prison.
A specialist physician had previously told Zeinab Jalalian: “She needs to recover in a stress-free environment with good hygiene and healthy food as well as being under doctors’ supervision. Otherwise, there is a possibility of irreparable damage to her respiratory system.”
The situation in Qarchak prison is reported to be very serious. Women infected with the covid-19 have been transferred to a place called the Prison Club, which is unsanitary and without proper ventilation. They are being held there without medical care, treatment, or food.