Yemen: Actress and model Entisar Al-Hammadi sentenced to five years in prison, along with three other women handed prison terms

12.11.21

On 08 November 2021, the West Capital Municipality Court of First Instance in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, handed down a five-year prison sentence to actress and model Entisar Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi, 20-year-old, after convicting her of charges that included alleged prostitution and drug use. She was among four women sentenced to prison in violation of their rights.

The court also decided to convict her colleagues Yousra Ahmed Al-Nashiri, Mahaliah Abdulwahab Al-Baadani and Ruqaiya Ahmed Al-Sawadi on various charges, including alleged adultery. Al-Nashiri was sentenced to five years in prison, Al-Baadani was sentenced to three years in prison, and Al-Sawadi was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence.

In a statement to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), human rights lawyer and legal advisor Khaled Al-Kamal said, "These rulings are political par excellence, as they are in violation of the constitution and the law and are based on confessions that were taken by force, coercion and pressure while they were blindfolded." He added, "Entisar Al-Hammadi's statements about attempts by authorities to use her to attract opposition politicians led to the targeting of her and her colleagues." Al-Kamal is Al-Hammadi's lawyer who defended her since her arrest on 20 February 2021

The defense team has registered an appeal of the judgements and a full appeal file will be submitted after all aspects have been completed.

Al-Hammadi was arrested on 20 February 2021 and has been imprisoned since then in the Central Prison in Sana'a. On 28 June 2021, she attempted suicide after prison officials decided to transfer her to the prison’s prostitution section, instead of freeing her. For more information on the case, see: https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2721

GCHR condemns the unjust sentences issued against actress and model Entisar Al-Hammadi and her colleagues, on fabricated charges, as they did not commit any crime, and the trial is a flagrant violation of their civil and human rights. GCHR calls on the de facto government in Sana'a, the Houthi group, to release them all unconditionally. We also call on the authorities to fully respect the rights of women to live in peace and to contribute to creating a prosperous future for all people of Yemen.