About Us

Over the last 30 years or more, the civil rights movement in India has emerged as an autonomous voice in defense of civil liberties and democratic rights of our people. The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi, is one such organisation. It came into existence in 1977 as the Delhi unit of a larger national forum,PUCLDR, and became PUDR on 1 February, 1981.

Press Releases

28 Jun 2017
President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee rejected five more mercy petitions between 25th and 26th May, 2017. With his current rejections, he has achieved 42 rejections and seven acceptances of mercy petitions during his tenure. There has been marked increase in rejections of mercy petitions in recent years, especially, after Mr. Pranab Mukherjee assumed office in 2012, former Presidents have chosen to exercise “...
27 Jun 2017
PUDR remembers the significant contribution of Justice P.N. Bhagwati to the cause of furthering and protecting fundamental and democratic rights of citizens, in his death on 15 June 2017. In his years as a judge, especially through the 1980s, Justice Bhagwati along with Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, introduced Public Interest Litigation on a substantive scale in India, and the thrust of many of his judgments was to...
23 Jun 2017
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation strongly condemns the arrest of three mine workers Rabi Murmu, Abhimanyu Mohanto and Ramesh Majhi on June 12, 2017 on false and fabricated charges of conspiring to wage a war against the Indian state and inciting violence. We understand this arrest and the imposition of severe charges as an attempt by the ruling BJD and BC Mohanty & Sons, the company operating the...
10 Jun 2017
पीयूडीआर आइसीन ऑटोमोटिव हरियाणा प्राइवेट लिमिटेड कंपनी के संघर्षरत मज़दूरों के खिलाफ दर्ज मुक़दमे एवं गिरफ्तारी की निंदा करता है| पिछले कुछ महीनों से मजदूर अपनी यूनियन पंजीकृत करवाने के लिए और मैनेजमेंट से अपने काम की परिस्थितियों से सम्बंधित मांगों को लेकर संघर्षरत हैं | 31 मई 2017 को कंपनी के गेट पर बीते कईं दिनों से शांतिपूर्वक प्रदर्शन कर रहे मज़दूरों पर पुलिस ने मैनेजमेंट की शिकायत पर पहले लाठी चार्ज किया फिर...
05 Jun 2017
COORDINATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS - PRESS RELEASE - 5th June 2017 Civil liberties and Democratic Rights organizations have for long argued that using Indian Army to prosecute war against our own people is to fight an ignoble war, because such wars are Dirty Wars under the very definition of Counter Insurgency warfare where our own people are treated as enemies to be suppressed by using military...
23 May 2017
PUDR strongly condemns the commendation conferred on Major Leetul Gogoi by none less than the Army Chief for taking Farooq Dar hostage, tying Dar to the front of his jeep allegedly to ward off attacking stone-pelters, and then driving around for several hours to warn people that a similar fate awaited them. The incident where Dar was used as a human shield occurred in Budgam district in Kashmir  on ...
11 May 2017
On 5th May, 2017 the Supreme Court upheld the High Court judgement giving death penalty to the four accused in the ‘Nirbhaya’ case ie the brutal gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh on December 16, 2012. The trial and conviction of the guilty in a time bound manner within  four and a half years, is a welcome step in the context of the frequent denials of justice to victims of sexual assault. However the...
09 May 2017
CDRO expresses deep concern about the intensifying repression on the Dongria Kondhos of Niyamgiri mountains whose sustained resistance against bauxite mining is a fight for their survival and livelihood. CDRO condemns the midnight raid of the CRPF on the night of May 1, 2017 and the illegal and arbitrary manner in which 20-year old Kuni Sikaka was forcibly taken to the police station in the absence of women police...
03 May 2017
Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) Press Statement 3rd May, 2017   Wanted! A Responsible Government Reflecting on the Sukma Attack   The Maoist attack of 24th April  in Burkapal village in  Sukma District which  left 25 CRPF jawans  and at least one Maoist dead is the latest  instance in  the cycle of violence and counter-violence...
26 Apr 2017
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations denounces Government of India and its Law officer for being parsimonious in their espousal of wisdom. Ignorance of law is not counted as an excuse or exonerates a citizen from being prosecuted for commission of a crime. But alarm bells must be sounded when the highest legal officer of Government of India, who is meant to uphold law, the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi...
25 Apr 2017
Services of over seven hundred workers of an automobile parts manufacturing company, Omax Auto Ltd., Dharuhera, were terminated illegally on 1st February, 2017 without any prior notice. Of these around 400 contract workers were shifted to other units of the company, the rest, supposedly regular workers, who have been working with the company for 12-22 years are rendered jobless. Unable to bear the shock and the...
12 Apr 2017
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (PUDR) Press Statement 12th April, 2017 Condemn the brutality in Panjab University and organized attack on institutions of higher education Protest by students of Panjab University (PU) against unprecedented fee hike witnessed brutal lathicharge and usage of tear gas as crowd dispersal method leaving 4 students critically injured. Photojournalists covering the...
18 Mar 2017
गुड़गाँव सत्र अदालत द्वारा स्टेट ऑफ़ हरियाणा बनाम जियालाल एवं अन्य के मुकद्दमे में 10 मार्च 2017 को दोषी ठहराये गए 31 आरोपियों को आज सजा सुनाई गई । इनमें से 13 यूनियन लीडरों को आजीवन कारावास, 4 को पांच साल कैद, और बाकियों को जेल में बिता चुके समय की सज़ा दी गई | पीपल्स यूनियन फॉर डैमोक्रेटिक राइट्स न केवल इस कठोर सजा की बल्कि 31 मजदूरों को दोषी ठहराने की भी कड़ी निंदा करता है । यह मुकद्दमा 18 जुलाई 2012 को मारूति के...
18 Mar 2017
The Sessions Court in Gurgaon today announced the quantum of sentence for 31 workers convicted by it on 10th March in the State of Haryana Vs. Jiyalal and Others case. Thirteen union leaders have been awarded life imprisonment, four others five years imprisonment and remaining 14 sentence as already undergone. Peoples Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns not just the severity of punishment, but the...
13 Mar 2017
हाल ही में अनुशासनात्मक कार्यवाही के तहत बस्तर के पूर्व आई. जी. पुलिस एस.पी.आर. कल्लूरी को दो कारण बताओ नोटिस और एक बार चेतावनी पत्र दिए गए और एस. पी. सुकमा आई.के. एलसेला और एस. पी. बस्तर आर.एन. दास के तबादले कर दिए गए। पीपल्स यूनियन फॉर डैमोक्रैटिक राइट्स का मानना है कि कानून लागू करने वाले ऑफिसरों की हैसियत से उनके द्वारा किए गए अपराधों की तुलना में ये कार्यवाही किसी भी लिहाज से नाकाफी है। इन दो नोटिसों में उन्हें...

Latest Publications

31 May 2017
गढ़चिरोली सत्र न्यायालय में चले मुकदमे का फैसला, जिसमें पाँच लोगों, जी.एन.साईबाबा, महेश तिरकी, पांडू नरोटे, प्रशांत राही और हेम मिश्रा को आजीवन कारावास और विजय तिरकी को 10 साल की कैद की सज़ा सुनाई गई है, एक विचारधारा और नृशंस यू.ए.पी.ए. कानून द्वारा प्रतिबंधित संगठन के राजनैतिक अभियोजन का स्पष्ट उदाहरण है। इन छः अभियुक्तों को एक प्रतिबंधित संगठन सी.पी.आई. (माओवादी) का सदस्य होने का अपराधी ठहराया गया है और इसलिए उन्हें राजसत्ता के खिलाफ ‘षड़यंत्र’ करने का...
25 May 2017
The trial and conviction of six persons by the Court of Sessions Judge, Gadchiroli, sentencing GN Saibaba, Maheshi Tirki, Pandu Narote, Prashant Rahi and Hem Mishra, to life imprisonment and Vijay Tirki to ten years, is an unconcealed example of a political trial of an ideology and an organization under the draconian UAPA. The six accused have been convicted for being members of the banned organization, the CPI (Maoist), hence held guilty for conspiracy...
14 May 2017
One of the foundational demands of the Civil Liberties and Democratic Rights organisations in India was the demand for release of all Political Prisoners. In contemporary India the demand has acquired a new salience as members/supporters of proscribed/banned organisations are being charged under draconian laws and/or under other IPC sections for their politics. A large number of people are being imprisoned largely under ordinary laws, just because they...
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