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Legal news from Monday, August 5, 2013

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called for [press release] Cuba to release five prisoners whom the group has called "prisoners of conscience." AI reported that the five prisoners are indicative of the continuing repression of speech that exists in the country. Cuba denies holding political prisoners [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday rejected a potential gender discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart [corporate website]. This lawsuit, which aimed to represent 150,000 female Wal-Mart employees, was an attempt to file a smaller representative version [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] Syria's main opposition group on Sunday urged the UN [press release, in Arabic] to probe numerous massacres they say were committed during Ramadan by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile]. The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (ETILAF) [official website, in Arabic] allege that Assad … [read more]

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday convicted the country's former military chief of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced him to life in prison. Retired general Ilker Basbug [personal website, in Turkish; BBC profile] was arrested [JURIST report] in 2012 for his alleged involvement with the Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; … [read more]

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