Kazakhstan: Labour rights lawyer Natalia Sokolova released, but with restrictions

A union lawyer freed from prison by authorities in Kazakhstan on 7 March has been banned from resuming her activism. Natalia Sokolova was found guilty of “inciting social discord” and “actively participating in illegal gatherings” after speaking out on issues such as wage disparity and defended oil workers’ rights. On 6 March, Sokolova’s six year prison sentence was commuted to a three year suspended sentence, but the activist is banned from “civic” activity and from holding office in a public association for three years.