Yemen: Actress and model Intisar Al-Hammadi severely ill-treated

21.01.22

Reliable local reports recently received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that actress and model Intisar Abdulrahman Al-Hammadi, who is languishing in the Central Prison in the capital, Sanaa after being handed a five-year sentence on spurious charges, was subjected to severe mistreatment, which led to a serious deterioration in her mental health.

The same reports provided details of beatings, harassment, threats and racist verbal abuse directed at her because of the colour of her skin by the Central Prison administration, which has shaved her head, and repeatedly placed her in solitary confinement. All this diversified and continuous targeting has left her with great despair, frustration and loss of hope due to the great injustice that has befallen her since the moment she and her colleagues were arrested.

On 08 November 2021, the West Capital Municipality Court of First Instance in Sana’a, headed by Judge Osama Abdulaziz Al-Junaid, handed down a five-year prison sentence to Al-Hammadi 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 others are Yousra Ahmed Al-NashiriMahaliah Abdulwahab Al-Baadani and Ruqaiya Ahmed Al-Sawadi.

Although the initial verdict was issued against Al-Hammadi and her colleagues in November 2021, the case file has not been handed over to the defense team, nor has Judge Al-Junaid submitted a written verdict for the court records. He personally issued the verdict against the defendants, who were tried on false charges, and which he handed down in a trial that lacked all international standards of fair trial and due process.

For more information, see GCHR’s appeals at https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2875 and https://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/2921.

GCHR calls on the de facto government in Sana’a, the Houthi movement, to immediately and unconditionally release Intisar Al-Hammadi, Yousra Ahmed Al-Nashiri, Mahaliah Abdulwahab Al-Baadani and Ruqaiya Ahmed Al-Sawadi, who have been sentenced on trumped-up charges, and to fully respect the rights of women to live and work freely without harassment and prejudice.