Zaynab Jalalian – Khoy prison
Zaynab Jalalian is a political prisoner condemned to life imprisonment. Jalalian is 32 years old and comes from the Deim Qeshlaq village in the outskirts of Makou City; she was arrested in March 2008 in the city of Kermanshah. Jalalian was initially accused of Membership of the Kurdistan Free Life Party and sentenced to execution by the Kermanshah Revolution court. This was later overturned and the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.
In December 2014 Jalalian was transferred from Kermanshah rehabilitation and training center to Khoy prison. For the past few years Jalalian has been transferred out of specialized rehabilitation clinics in Kermanshah several times despite Ophthalmologist’s diagnosis and reports of plea to keep Jalalian in the clinics and prep for eye surgery. However both the prosecutors and the Kermanshah court, her treatments has been interrupted and she has been placed back into prison – causing her eyesight to further deteriorate. Even after Jalalian’s transfer to Khoy Prison due to security reasons, officials in Kermanshah still denied and refused to facilitate her treatment. The fact that Khoy prison has limited health services complicates the situation further and is a point of serious concern.
In addition to Jalalian’s health concerns three weeks ago two visitors who were introduced as Journalists visited her in prison for a video interview. It wasn’t until Jalalian refused to participate in the interview that it became apparent they were security guards disguised as journalists. The two guards proceeded to threaten Jalalian in order to not participate or communicate with media and human rights organisations.
Despite the significant concern for the situation in which Jalalian is held in and her deteriorating health, her visiting conditions have improved at Khoy Prison. After a year of not being able to see her family she was granted permission to have family visitors. Khoy prison is also a more convenient location as they reside in Makou which is very far from Kermanshah but closer to Khoy. Her family is poor and the distance and cost of travel now makes it possible for them to meet. Although, Jalalian made several requests to be moved closer to home several times during her years in Kermanshah, she was constantly denied.