Iran: Zeinab Jalalian denied treatment despite progress of illnesses

The general conditions of political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has deteriorated in the Prison of Khoy, in northwestern Iran, and she continues to be denied medical treatment despite progress of her illnesses.

According to reports on June 5, 2018, Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who suffers from pterygium, canker sores in her mouth and serious infection, is still denied medical care and treatment. Despite progress of her illnesses, prison officials continue to oppose her treatment outside prison and by a specialist doctor.

Zeinab’s father, Ali Jalalian, had earlier expressed concern over her eye and general health conditions. He said, “It has been several years that I have been following up her treatment for several years. I have also referred tp the officials and had interviews. I told them that she has eye problem, intestinal problems, and she needs to receive treatment. She has been suffering in prison over these years, and nobody pays attention.”

In its statement on August 25, 2017, Amnesty International wrote, “the authorities have persistently refused to transfer her to a hospital, apparently to punish her and extract forced ‘confessions’.” AI described “the denial of access to medical care in these circumstances” as amounting to “torture.”

Zeinab Jalalian, 36 from Makou, was arrested in Kermanshah in 2008. She was first sentenced to death and then granted a life sentence on the charge of “enmity to God” and “membership in Kurdish parties.”