Threatening the family of political prisoner Zainab Jalalian to keep silence, there is no news of this exiled political prisoner. Miss. Jalalian is confined in exile in Yazd prison and there is no news of her since May 2021.
According to the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, there is a great concern about the life of political prisoner, Zainab Jalalian, exiled to Yazd Prison, as there is no news of her since May 2021.
This news boycott came since March when her family were threatened by the governmental institutes to keep silence about her.
Political prisoner, Zainab Jalalian, is under very harsh condition in Yazd Prison. She is one of the oldest female political prisoners sentenced to life-in-prison. She has been exiled four times in six months from one prison to another during one year.
In her 14th year of serving her prison term, she was exiled to Yazd Prison while in dire health condition. According to a report published about this political prisoner in May 2021, an informed source was quoted as: “After contracting coronavirus, Zainab was in dire health conditions. Her lungs were harmed, and she was suffering of shortness in breathing and coughed severely. The MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence and Security) opposed her having her treatment at the hospital. She was then deprived of having access to medical care and is currently in dire health condition.”
Now after six months there is no news of this political prisoner who is confined in a remote prison in Yazd. Concerns have risen about her life.
It is a known routine of MOIS that it makes the family of prisoners to keep silence by threatening them or detaining them. In this manner it tortures and persecutes political prisoners.
An informed source had earlier described the conditions imposed on this political prisoner by the MOIS as an attempt to gradually kill her in prison, stating, “Zainab Jalalian has been under constant pressure from security interrogators since November 10, 2020, after being illegally transferred to Yazd Prison. She has been denied any rights as a prisoner. She has the right to contact his father only from time to time by phone, in Persian and very shortly, and she is also denied any visitation.”
Political prisoner Zainab Jalalian has been transferred to four prisons within six months: On April 30, 2020, political prisoner Zainab Jalalian was abruptly transferred from Khoy Prison to Qarchak Prison in Varamin. She was transferred from Varamin Qarchak Prison to Kerman Prison on June 26, 2020, while being on hunger strike. She was kept in solitary confinement at Kerman Prison. Before her transfer to Kerman Prison, she contracted coronavirus and was seriously ill but she went on hunger strike on June 20, 2020, requesting to be returned to Khoy or Evin Prison.
Zeinab Jalalian was transferred from Kerman Prison to Kermanshah Prison on Tuesday, September 23, 2020, after enduring three months of solitary confinements and while her physical condition was severely deteriorated. After more than a month of imprisonment in Kermanshah prison, she was transferred to Yazd Prison.
It is worth noting that intelligence agents have made great efforts to buy this political prisoner or make her repent. The latest report about her says that Jalalian’s family had stated that during the time Zainab Jalalian was imprisoned in Qarchak prison in Varamin, two individuals who introduced themselves as “human rights lawyers” had a meeting with Miss. Jalalian and asked her to cooperate with security agencies to improve her situation. Zainab Jalalian, however, had told her family that she refused to talk to them and discuss her demands because she did not trust them.
This resilient political prisoner has previously and repeatedly rejected requests from Intelligence Ministry agents to conduct interviews and repent, and although she endures enormous pressures, including torture and deprivation of treatment and the possibility of losing her eyes’sight, she has refused to cooperate with the Ministry of Intelligence and the dictatorship of the Islamic Republic.
In one case the MOIS announced that the condition of sending Zainab Jalalian to the hospital for treatment is a televised interview, which the political prisoner refused to do so, and therefore, despite doctors’ approval of the necessity of treatment, she was denied this right.
Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian wrote: “You oppressors, you were just an observer, and you still are. Haven’t you seen that you can’t stop us, the women, from demanding our rights by massacre, torture, and imprisonment. When a woman’s essence is entangled with freedom, no cruelty can bring her to her knees. I realized this fact when I was in the grip of the oppressors of the Islamic Republic. They ripped my clothes off, blind folded my eyes, chained my hands and feet to an iron bed, and began horrible tortures. Believe me, whenever tyrants increase oppression and torture on me, I become bolder and more resilient.”