Yemeni model in rebel prison tries to kill herself
A young Yemeni model attempted suicide in a Sana’a prison run by Houthi rebels with a strict moral code, rights groups and his lawyer said.
Entisar al-Hammadi, 19, was arrested on February 20 at a checkpoint in Sana’a on her way to a photoshoot.
Houthi rebel forces that control the capital and much of northern Yemen have not released any information about his case.
Hammadi, who is also an actress, was “transferred to a hospital inside Sana’a central prison where she is being held after a suicide attempt,” the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) said in a statement on Monday. .
Quoting press reports, the Lebanon-based group said Thursday: “A child accompanying his imprisoned mother saw his face turning blue after trying to hang himself.
“He hastily told everyone, and she was saved at the last moment but was in critical condition.”
GCHR said “reliable sources” confirmed that she attempted suicide “due to the decision of the central prison administration to transfer her to the prostitution section of the prison”.
“This led to a serious deterioration in his psychological condition.”
Her lawyer, Khaled al-Kamal, confirmed the details to AFP, saying she was targeted because of her work as a model in an ultra-conservative society.
According to Amnesty International, the model’s trial, which opened on June 6, was marred by “irregularities and abuse”.
Born to an Ethiopian mother and a Yemeni father, Hammadi has uploaded dozens of photos in traditional dress, jeans or leather jackets, some with and others without an Islamic headscarf.
She has thousands of followers on Instagram and Facebook.
Upon her arrest, Hammadi was “interrogated blindfolded, physically and verbally assaulted, subjected to racist slurs and forced to ‘confess’ to several offenses – including drug possession and prostitution,” Amnesty said in May.
Violence against women, especially in Houthi-controlled areas, has been on the rise since Yemen plunged into a civil war in 2014 which the United Nations said created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
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