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Legal news from Monday, April 1, 2013

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] criticized [press release] the government of Kuwait on Monday for executing three men convicted of murder. The three men, a Saudi national, a Pakistani national and a stateless Bidun [JURIST report] man, were convicted on separate murder charges before being hanged outside the Central … [read more]

[JURIST] The Myanmar government must investigate and hold accountable those involved in the deadly violence in the Mandalay Region in March, in which an estimated 40 people were killed and 61 more were wounded, Human Rights Watch [official website] said [press release] Monday. The attacks were the result of ongoing … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Monday rejected [judgment, PDF] efforts by drug maker Novartis AG [company website] to patent an updated version of the company's leukemia-treating drug Glivec. The court reasoned that subject product "beta crystalline form of Imatinib Mesylate (the ingredient in Glivec), fails in … [read more]

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] said Monday that he will release all political detainees and renew a commitment to maintain an open dialogue. The president made these statements [Al Jazeera report] after implementing a peace agreement with South Sudan. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) [Sudan Tribune … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawmakers said Sunday that a bipartisan commission of US senators for immigration reform [JURIST backgrounder] has reached an agreement after labor and business resolved disagreements over the immigration overhaul. Lawmakers are expected to announce the new immigration reforms when Congress reconvenes [Reuters report] next week. There is no final … [read more]

[JURIST] Approximately 250 Yemeni demonstrators gathered Monday in front of the US Embassy in Sanna [official website] to demand the release of Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. According to media sources, 90 out the 166 remaining Guantanamo detainees are Yemeni [AP report], and several have been detained … [read more]

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