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Vybz Kartel Takes Government to Court Over Solitary Confinement

Incarcerated Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel has taken the Jamaican government to court over his placement in solitary confinement. Kartel, who is serving a life sentence for murder, has been in solitary confinement for over a year. He claims that his confinement is a violation of his constitutional rights.

Kartel’s lawyers filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Jamaica on Tuesday. The lawsuit alleges that Kartel’s solitary confinement is “cruel and unusual punishment” and that it violates his right to freedom of association.

The lawsuit also alleges that Kartel has been denied access to his lawyers and family members. It also alleges that he has been subjected to physical and psychological abuse.

The Jamaican government has not yet responded to the lawsuit.

Kartel’s case is the latest in a series of legal challenges to the Jamaican government’s prison system. In recent years, there have been several reports of human rights abuses in Jamaican prisons.

In 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Jamaica had violated the rights of several prisoners, including Kartel. The committee found that Kartel had been denied a fair trial and that he had been subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

The Jamaican government has said that it is committed to improving the conditions in its prisons. However, human rights groups say that more needs to be done to protect the rights of prisoners.

Kartel’s case is likely to be closely watched by human rights groups and the Jamaican government. The outcome of the case could have implications for the treatment of prisoners in Jamaica.

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