21:51 GMT13 June 2021
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    Arrested earlier this year, Intisar al-Hammadi was charged with carrying out an indecent act and “going against Islamic principles”.

    Amnesty International has called for the release of Intisar al-Hammadi, a 20-year old Yemeni model who was arrested at a checkpoint in the city of Sanaa, currently controlled by Houthi rebels, in February.

    The human rights group said al-Hammadi’s lawyer had been informed by a member of the prosecution team that the model might be subjected to a "virginity test" soon, with Amnesty branding these "a form of sexual violence amounting to torture under international law", according to Reuters.

    "The Houthi de facto authorities have a deplorable track record of arbitrarily detaining people on baseless charges – to silence or punish critics, activists, journalists and members of religious minorities – as well as subjecting them to torture and other forms of ill-treatment", said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

    Al-Hammadi has been charged with carrying out an indecent act and going against Islamic principles, Reuters notes, citing a judicial source.

    "Intisar al-Hammadi has regularly appeared in photographs online including in social media posts, without a headscarf defying strict societal norms in Yemen”, Amnesty International stated.
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