The Houthis plan to launch a criminal investigation against actress and model Entesar Al-Hammadi, kidnapped by them on 20 February 2021 alongside two other actresses under the allegation of “violating Islamic dress codes”.
“Kidnapping actress Entesar Al-Hammadi and her colleagues under the presumption of violating Islamic dress codes is an unlawful restriction of freedom,” said Emily D’Alterio, Freemuse Communications Manager. “We urge the Yemeni authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation and for the results of this investigation to be made public. We further call for the immediate release of actresses from custody.”
It has been confirmed that the three actresses were on their way to a movie set when the Houthis stopped and took them to an unknown location.
The Houthi is a movement supporting Yemen’s Zaidi Shia Muslim minority and controlling a broad area in Western Yemen. The movement rebelled against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Houthis used the new president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s instability by taking control of northern Saada in 2014, as BBC reports.
According to Alsahwa-Yemen, earlier this year, the Houthi militia launched a campaign against workplaces employing women to exclude women in the regions under the Shia’s areas of control.
Al-Hammadi is said to be the “first professional Yemeni makeup artist to emerge in the war-torn country.” She is also a fashion model, which led her to acting and appearing in two Ramadan series in Yemen last year.
Freemuse calls for a comprehensive investigation into the kidnapping of the three actresses and for their immediate release.