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Legal news from Monday, April 1, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

Amnesty International (AI) criticized 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 man, were convicted on separate murder charges before being hanged outside the Central Prison on Monday. This marks the first execution in Kuwait …

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by Lauren Laing

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 said Monday. The attacks were the result of ongoing clashes between Muslims and majority Buddhists in Meiktila. HRW analyzed …

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by Peter Snyder

The Supreme Court of India on Monday rejected efforts by drug maker Novartis AG 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 both the tests of invention and patentability" and thus, appellant's …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Monday that he will release all political detainees and renew a commitment to maintain an open dialogue. The president made these statements after implementing a peace agreement with South Sudan. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) had been demanding a prisoner release after nearly two …

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by Sarah Posner

Lawmakers said Sunday that a bipartisan commission of US senators for immigration reform 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 next week. There is no final legislative agreement, but lawmakers expect to draft language to include …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Approximately 250 Yemeni demonstrators gathered Monday in front of the US Embassy in Sanna to demand the release of Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. According to media sources, 90 out the 166 remaining Guantanamo detainees are Yemeni, and several have been detained for more than a decade. Protesters reportedly decried conditions at …

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