Zeynab Jalalian, Political Prisoner, Is Going Blind Due to Lack of Medical Care

 Wednesday, March 23, 2016 4:34:21 PM

Zeynab Jalalian

Zeynab (Zeinab) Jalalian, imprisoned in Iran, is going blind due to lack of medical care, she is at imminent risk of losing her eyesight as a result of severe tortures in the prison.

The political prisoner, Zeynab Jalalian has had violent experiences in Kermanshah prison -both psychologically and physically, according to the news received by Broujerdi Civil Rights Group.

She, gradually losing her eyesight (less than 20% of her eyesight) as a result of severe tortures during investigation in Iran's Intelligence Service Chambers, she was also flogged in prison.

Officials had allegedly beaten her with electrical wire in her metatarsus, according to the news said.

Furthermore, Zeynab suffers from oral thrush disease, inflammation intestine and her legs (including bleeding and inflation), the rights group has learned. Ms. Jalalian, 33, was reportedly threatened with rape by the investigators; one of the investigators had beat multiple blows on her by a shaft that caused bleeding. She, from the Deym Gheshlagh Village, of Maku city, in the West Azerbaijan Province, Iran, has been held in the prison since eight years ago, and officials denied the right to access her family. Zeynab was arrested and beaten in a raid by Iran's security forces in Kermanshah to Sanandaj city highway on March 10th, 2008. The security forces reportedly took her to solitary confinement of the Intelligence Service chambers in the city of Kermanshah.

Thus, officials transferred her to the Correction and Rehabilitation Center for extra pressure against her, whereupon, had rarely faced severe tortures both physically-psychologically.

Officials held its charges as Capital punishment against her for her membership in Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and an armed act. She was sentenced to death at Branch 1 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Kermanshah chaired by, Judge Bahonar on December 3rd, 2008. Branch 4 of the appeal court affirmed it. Poor inmate Zeynab Jalalian has been accused of Moharebeh (waging war against God) under Iran's Islamic Penal code, confirmed by the Supreme Court of the regime.

Finally, the death sentence was reduced to lifetime imprisonment. She was deprived of the right to access a lawyer of own choice and the trial lasted just a few minutes, Kurdish activists declared. She has allegedly spent her prison term in prisons of Evin, Sanandaj and Kermanshah. "She lost her freedom, now she may lose her sight too". Amnesty International reported on 19th of June 2014.

On 8th of April 2014 She was taken to the prison clinic in handcuffs and shackles for treatement, however, it's not clear if the clinic is actually equipped to treat her condition(s). She has repeatedly been refused access to an eye specialist outside the prison, Al said.

In addition, Zeynab was forcibly asked again to do a televised confession in exchange for hospitalization and medical treatment in early February of this year, her relatives stated.

She refused the deal, as well as, they asked her to confess against herself on the vague charges.

Officials transferred her to Ward 209, of the notorious Evin prison, for untold reasons and returned her back to Dizel Abad prison, of Kermanshah, after having five months in the Islamic Republic chambers. She was then exiled to Khoy prison, serving her prison term without any conditional release, since the arrest.

Accordingly, Human rights organization,"Justice for Iran," reported the following gross human rights violations, in the case Jalalian, has stated.



  •           Arbitrary detention
  •           Arrest without a warrant
  •          Violation of the right to legal counsel
  •          Violation of the prohibition of torture
  •          Violation of the principles of fair trial
  •          Prevention of contact and violations of a prisoner's right including visitation from family
  •         Violations of the rights of prisoners to access health services and due process of law



By: Kaveh Taheri