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

04 Dec 2017
PUDR condemns promulgation of The Jammu and Kashmir Public Property (Prevention of Damage) (Amendment) Ordinance by Mr NN Vohra, the Governor, Jammu and Kashmir on 26th October 2017, which criminalises anyone calling for a protest or demonstration which leads to damage of public property with an imprisonment of two to five years and fine as high as the market value of the property damaged. The speed with which State...
30 Nov 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) 30th November, 2017   PUDR CONDEMNS ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT GAG ORDER IN YOGI ADITYANATH’s  HATE SPEECH CASE   On 7 November 2017, the Allahabad High Court ordered a gag on media reporting on the issue of sanction by the State to prosecute Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for a speech deemed to incite violence, made in 2007. The Court order...
22 Nov 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights Press Statement Condemn the continued violation of Rule of Law and use of draconian legal provisions in Kashmir PUDR condemns the 36th Preventive Detention order served on Masarat Alam, leader of Muslim League and member of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.  The revolving-door-detention, where a person is booked under new detention order illegally...
09 Nov 2017
Coordination for Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) CAMPAIGN FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS: PROFILES OF SIX POLITICAL PRISONERS CONVICTED UNDER UAPA IN GADCHIROLI (Convicted and Sentenced vide judgment dated 07.03.2017 in State of Maharashtra v Mahesh Tirki & Ors by Gadchiroli Sessions Court; Sessions Case No. 13/2014 & 130/2015) 9th November 2017 On 7th March 2017, six persons (...
08 Nov 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights has long been drawing attention to egregious violation of rights of workers governed under various labour laws. Most important of these rights is the fundamental right to form trade union, so as to engage in collective wage negotiations and to ensure that conditions on shop floor do not become tyrannical. Ever since the economic reforms began in India in 1991, attempts have...
06 Nov 2017
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) against Bhim Army's founder leader Chandrashekhar Azad by Yogi Adityanath's government, on 3 November 2017, a day after he was granted bail by Allahabad High Court. Chandrashekhar had been arrested on 8 June 2017 on charges of inciting violence and destruction of property, in connection with an incident of...
31 Oct 2017
31 October 2017 - thirty three years have passed since the anti-Sikh pogrom carried out in Delhi between 31st October and 4th November 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.  The official figure of those massacred in the violence stands at 2700, while according to unofficial estimates it is closer to 4000 in Delhi alone.  The genocide spread to...
31 Oct 2017
31 October 2017 - thirty three years have passed since the anti-Sikh pogrom carried out in Delhi between 31st October and 4th November 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.  The official figure of those massacred in the violence stands at 2700, while according to unofficial estimates it is closer to 4000 in Delhi alone.  The genocide spread to...
30 Oct 2017
As the Hadiya-Shefin matter comes up for hearing today, PUDR urges the Apex court to take note of the serious violation of democratic rights of the parties involved in this so-called case of ‘Love-Jihad’. PUDR believes that the case is being used in order to provide legitimacy to the supposed presence of ‘Love-Jihad’ or ‘terror marriages following conversion to Islam’ in the country which is nothing more than a...
25 Oct 2017
PUDR condemns the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance promulgated by the Rajasthan government on 7 September 2017, preventing magistrates from taking cognizance of complaints against serving and former Judges, Magistrates, and public servants without sanction of the government. This ordinance further gags the media from naming the accused till sanction is given by the government. The amendment made in the...
11 Oct 2017
Right to protest has been coming under attack under one or other pretext. Earlier public order was the way in which our right to protest was curtailed by imposing IPC Section 144 on large parts of the Delhi city to prevent gathering of more than five persons. People were also confined to a small physical area, limiting the means and impact of resistance. Now, public health concerns are being invoked to throttle...
10 Oct 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses grave concern at the increasing incidents of violent attacks and gang wars in jail which severely threaten the life and security of the inmates. The Tihar jail authorities have faltered in fulfilling their responsibility of ensuring a safe atmosphere by failing to keep in check violent conflicts among prisoners, the brunt of which is being borne by those inmates...
15 Sep 2017
PUDR condemns the arrest of peasant leader and RTI activist, Akhil Gogoi on charges of sedition and waging war by Assam police. Gogoi’s arrest is yet again a glaring example of the state’s frenzy in crushing political opposition by the use of repressive laws. Gogoi as the President of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) had been at the forefront in leading agitations against displacement of the poor in the name...
10 Sep 2017
पीयूडीआर पत्रकार गौरी लंकेश की हत्या की कड़ी निंदा करता है | ‘गौरी लंकेश पत्रिका’ की संपादक लंकेश की 5 सितंबर को बेंगलुरु में उनके घर के बाहर गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी गई | कन्नड़ भाषा में प्रकाशित इस पत्रिका के माध्यम से गौरी लगातार जाति व्यवस्था, अंधविश्वास, कट्टरपंथी हिंदुत्ववाद, फासीवाद, भ्रष्टाचार और लिंग आधारित भेदभाव आदि के खिलाफ लिखती आईं थीं | उनके लेखन में वे सीधा बीजेपी, आरएसएस और इनसे जुड़े संगठनों और नेताओं...
23 Aug 2017
An 18 members team, consisting of 7 organisations belonging to the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) visited Nagar Nar and met leaders of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) unions working in National Mineral Development Council’s (NMDC) Nagar Nar Steel Plant and listened about their long drawn struggle against privatisation of this plant....

Latest Publications

12 Aug 2017
जब से भारतीय जनता पार्टी की सरकार केंद्र में सत्ता में आई है तब से गौवंश के लिए सतर्कता की बढ़ती घटनाएं और गौ वध आरै गौ मांस (बीफ) बंदी से संबंधित कानूनों से छेड़छाड़ की खबरें लगातार सुर्खियां में हैं। गौ रक्षा के प्रत्यक्ष रूप से सांप्रदायिक व जातीय एजेंडा से होने वाली हिंसा के शिकार अकसर वे लोग हो रहे हैं जो या तो मवेशी व्यापारी हैं या किसी भी तरह बीफ खरीदने, खाने या इसकी ढुलाई करने से जुड़े हैं, इनमें से अधिकांश मुसलमान व दलित हैं। प्रेस में इन भयानक...
12 Aug 2017
The increasing instances of cow vigilantism and legal interpolations related to beef ban and cow slaughter have been making news from the time Bhartiya Janata Party led Central Government came to power. The overtly communal and casteist agenda of cow protectionism has often resulted in violence on cattle-traders and others involved in the sale, transport or consumption of beef in any way, with the majority of those attacked being Muslims and Dalits. While...
08 Aug 2017
On 5th May 2017, an incident of attack on Dalits by the Rajputs occurred in the village Shabbirpur, located near Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. During the attack a youth from the Rajput community died, 13 Dalits were grievously injured, more than 40 Dalit houses were burnt, some of their shops looted and burnt. The incident was widely reported in the media as an incident of caste violence between the Rajputs and the Dalits, where 25 houses of Dalits were set...