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29 Dec 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the police firing, lathi-charge and arrest of peaceful protesters of the anti-dam movement in Assam in the last two days.

15 Dec 2011

PUDR welcomes the Jharkhand High Court decision acquitting Jiten Marandi and three other adivasi poor peasants, earlier convicted and given the death sentence by District and Sessions Court, Giridih in Chilkari Firing of October 26, 2007 in the Girdih District, in which 19 per

09 Dec 2011

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is distressed at the hiatus between the sharp observations of the Supreme Court judges and their timid operative orders and judgments.

08 Dec 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights wants to draw public attention to a new industrial policy regime being proposed by the Congress party led UPA II Government in the name of increasing GDP share of manufacturing from 16 to 25 per cent and to generate 100 million jobs over ne

08 Dec 2011

PUDR denounces the statement given by state home minister Jitendra Singh in Rajya Sabha on 7 December 2011 in which he asserted that the CPI (Maoist) is active in Delhi and named several groups as being the Party’s front organizations.

01 Dec 2011

Twenty two member team of four constituents of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) namely Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC), Bandi Mukti Committee (BMC) and People’s Union for Democratic R

28 Nov 2011

Peoples' Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the Arrest of Anti-Posco leader Abhay Sahu.

27 Nov 2011

PUDR joins other rights organizations and civil liberties bodies as well as common grieved citizens of this country in condemning the gruesome murder of Sr. Valsa John in Puchwara village of Amrapara block/PS in Pakur district of Jharkhand.

24 Oct 2011

PUCL and PUDR organised a meeting on 22 Oct, 2011 on “Enforced Disappearances and Discovery of Mass Graves in Kashmir”.

12 Oct 2011

People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the dastardly attack on Prashant Bhushan, senior advocate Supreme Court, in his chamber this afternoon, by three men belonging to Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, for his comments on the situation in Kashmir.

06 Oct 2011

PUDR strongly condemns the recent arrest and harassment of IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and his family by the Gujarat Government.

05 Oct 2011

Tribal Teacher Soni Sodi of Dantewada, arrested by Delhi police on 4th October at the behest of the Chhattisgrha State police, on grounds of supporting Maoist activity, was produced in the Court of the Additional District and Session’s Judge in the south District of Saket, tod

04 Oct 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) unequivocally and sternly condemns the raid by the Chhattisgarh Special Task Force and the Rajasthan Police on the house of Kavita Srivastava, a noted human rights activist and General Secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties

26 Sep 2011

People's Union Democratic Rights wishes to draw public attention to the recent controversy where Planning Commission informed the Supreme Court that anyone earning more than Rs 32 in urban and Rs 26 in rural areas per day is considered above the poverty line.

11 Sep 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) condemns in the strongest terms the arrest of Lingaram Kodopi on 9 September 2011 by the Chhattisgarh police from his village Sameli in Dantewada district.

10 Sep 2011

People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), People's Union for Civil Rights, Haryana and Citizens' Front in Support of Maruti Suzuki Workers' Struggle condemn the arrest of leaders of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union last night even while the negotiations were going on.

26 Aug 2011

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) is deeply distressed by the President’s rejection of the appeal for mercy for the three accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

12 Aug 2011

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is deeply concerned at the Supreme Court upholding the death penalty for Mohammad [email protected] Ashfaq in the Red Fort Attack case as well as the Union Home Ministry advisory to the President in the Parliament Attack case,

10 Aug 2011

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the unconstitutional and undemocratic act of the Central Government in detaining Anna Hazare and his supporters in the early hours of 16th August, who were scheduled to arrive at the site of peaceful demonstration.

29 Jul 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) condemns the threats being issued by the CPI (Maoist) party to members of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and to others investigating and protesting against the killing of Niyamat Ansari at Manika block in Jharkhand.

24 Jun 2011

PUDR strongly condemns the undemocratic and arbitrary arrest of Akhil Gogoi, RTI activist and leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).

12 Jun 2011

The People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the CPI (Maoist)'s statement following the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court on the Salwa Judum reassuring the SPOs' that the Maoists don't see them as enemies.

06 Jun 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights welcomes the recent judgment delivered by the Supreme Court in which it has struck down as ‘unconstitutional’ the practice of arming local tribal youth as special police officers (SPOs) in order to fight the Maoists.

05 Jun 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the midnight crackdown on thousands of people staging a ‘Satyagraha’ and hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan with Baba Ramdev for demands related to corruption and black money.

03 Jun 2011

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights urges the Union Government to commute the death sentence awarded to Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar as well as Mahendra Nath Das.

28 May 2011

In yet another instance of the state’s harassment of civil rights activists and organizations, Gautam Navlakha long term member of the of the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi, and for long a campaigner against state repression in Jammu and Kashmir, was detaine

24 May 2011

At about 6.oo pm Dr. Sunilam, Aradhana Bhargava and several leaders and activists of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti were viciously attacked by the goons of Adani Power Limited in Chhindwara district, MP.

16 May 2011

An All India Fact Finding team was constituted to look into some incidents of alleged encounter and false implication of villagers in anti-Maoist operation. While Team One covered incidents in Malkangiri and Kashipur, Team Two went to Sundergarh District of Odisha.

30 Apr 2011

More than 24 hours have passed since reports appeared in the press of the arrest of three Central Committee members of the CPI (Maoist) from Basal Village, Barsoi P.S., District, Katihar on April 29.

08 Mar 2011

PUDR condemns the killing of Niyamat Ansari in Manika PS area of Latehar district, Jharkhand by members of the CPI (Maoist) on 2 March 2011.

17 Feb 2011

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) urges the CPI (Maoist) to ensure that no harm comes to V. Krishna, Collector Malkangiri district of Orissa as well as Pavitra Mohan Majhi a junior engineer taken hostage by them.

15 Feb 2011

People’s Union for Democratic Rights welcomes the recent Supreme Court judgement (Arup Bhuyan v/s the State of Assam) passed by the bench of Justice Markandey Katju and Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra stating: ‘Mere membership of a banned organisation will not make a person a crimin

15 Feb 2011

The Additional Sessions Judge, Virender Bhat acquitted Moinuddin Dar and six other Kashmiri men on February 2 this year with the judicial finding that the men had been framed by Delhi Police personnel. The judge has directed that a FIR be lodged against four policemen.

10 Jan 2011

A spate of political killings in West Bengal, which in few months from now will hold state assembly elections, is a matter of deep concern for PUDR.