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30 Dec 2012

PUDR mourns the death of the 23-year-old victim of an intensely violent attack and gang rape.

26 Dec 2012

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the release of the study “Alleged Perpetrators” by the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir (IPTK) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)   on the cultur

20 Dec 2012

PUDR strongly condemns the death sentence to Mohammad Afzal as unfair and unjust and demands the commutation of his sentence.

19 Dec 2012

Following an outcry against the alleged killing of five tribals/Maoists in an ‘encounter’, near Bhaliaguda village of Gajapati district of Odisha, a six-member team of individuals representing CDRO and Women against Sexual Violence and State Violence (WSS) visited Odisha from

18 Dec 2012

For a long time now, the Jharkhand government has been avoiding confrontation with people’s issues. Any struggle or protest that takes place today in Jharkhand is automatically viewed as one which is anti-state.

29 Nov 2012

The execution of Ajmal Amer Kasab has been hailed as one that gave a sense of justice and closure to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

22 Nov 2012

 The recent incident of paramilitary forces murdering five villagers and saying that they were Maoists in the Gajapati district of southern Odisha on the 13th November 2012, is yet another instance of a serious malaise of the body politic which PUDR has repeatedly raised and a

20 Nov 2012

People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the arrest of two facebook users, Shaheen Dhada who questioned the total shut down of Mumbai for Bal Thakeray’s funeral on Sunday, 18th November 2012, and Rini Shrinivasan, who indicated that she agrees with the post.

08 Nov 2012

PUDR strongly condemns the strong arm tactics of the Haryana police in attempting to disrupt the 48-hour hunger strike that began yesterday, November 7, in front of the DC Office, Gurgaon.

07 Nov 2012

The West Bengal High Court judgement of August 2012 granting ‘political prisoner’ status to seven members of the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) clarifies and reinforces the provision of law as stipulated in West Bengal Correctional Service Act 1992 and the

23 Oct 2012

PUDR welcomes the October 18 Delhi High Court judgment by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Manmohan Singh on the Delhi Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

30 Sep 2012

Ashok Garg , publisher Sangam Publictaions, Samana and poet editor Sukhwinder Swatantar, and Amit Mittar of Tarak Bharati Publication, Barnala and poet editor Jagjit Singh Sahoke arrested on 15 Sep in two simulataneous FIRS in Samana and Barnala  where the two DSPs are also co

29 Sep 2012

Arrest of the activists of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) in Karimnagar district of the state is yet another sign of muzzling of democratic voices of protest and erosion of the democratic space.

27 Sep 2012

Based upon its preliminary investigation, PUDR asserts that instead of a thorough investigation into the alleged murder of Awanish Dev, Manager, Maruti Suzuki Ltd’s Manesar plant on 18 July 2012, the Haryana police have been responsible for arbitrary arrests of workers, illega

25 Sep 2012

 The Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) strongly condemns the gruesome murder of Manoj Konwar fellow civil rights activist and member Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS) on 22nd September in Sivasagar district Assam, allegedly by ‘unknown assailants’.

11 Sep 2012

In India, sedition charges have been flying thick and fast, and Aseem Trivedi is only the latest of thousands of people arrested and incarcerated for sedition.For the ‘crime’ of political cartooning, Aseem Trivedi has been arrested, slapped with a number of charges, including

05 Sep 2012

COORDINATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ORGANISATION (CDRO) , an association of civil rights and democratic rights organizations gives a call for a Dharna on 7th September, 2012 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against escalated forms of violence and repression

20 Aug 2012

PUDR is deeply concerned at the new turn in the saga of Maruti-Suzuki workers struggle against the management and owners of the company.  The company has announced that it will set up a special force of security personnel comprising 100 ex-servicemen inside its Manesar plant.

19 Aug 2012

PUDR strongly condemns banning of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), Andhra Pradesh Unit by Andhra Pradesh Government in the name of ‘Maoism’ under the draconian Andhra Pradesh Public Security Act, 1992.

13 Aug 2012

PUDR condemns growing incidents of sexual assault by CRPF personnel on young women in Paikmal block of Bargarh district in Odisha. On July 24, a few CRPF personnel placed in the same block assaulted a 20-year-old woman of the Vindhyabasini colony of Paikmal.

24 Jul 2012

In the past few months, parts of north-western India have witnessed incidents of outright Dalit assertion of their rights related to access to resources and to a life of dignity. This has, in all cases, met with retaliation by the dominant upper or intermediary castes.

09 Jul 2012

Shut the voices that do not speak for them: that is what all non-democratic regimes do. And that happens in democracies too. Or at least it happens in India which makes high claims of its democracy.

09 Jul 2012

PUDR brings to your attention that fifty or so Dalit men have been sitting on dharna in Jantar Mantar from 2nd July. They are here for an indefinite period till they get justice. They have marched to Delhi on foot in 44 degree heat, having left Hisar town on 27th June.

04 Jul 2012

PUDR condemns the cold- blooded and cowardly murder by security forces of 19 villagers of Sarkelguda in Chhattisgarh including five children in age group of 12-15 killed with bullets, axes and knife wounds, as well as sexual assault of four teenaged girls The incident once aga

12 Jun 2012

It is extremely surprising that Qateel Siddiqui, one of the main suspects in German bakery case, was killed in the high security cell of Yerwada Jail. Qateel was under the custody of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) since May 3 after being handed over by Delhi Police.

10 Jun 2012

PUDR strongly condemns the verdict of a lower Court in Allahabad awarding life sentence to Civil Rights activist Seema Azad and her spouse Vishvvijay on charges of sedition, waging war and under several provisions of the draconian law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA)

08 Jun 2012

On Sunday the 3rd June 2012, Pallab Barbora was arrested from his home in Merapani of Golaghat district in Assam and has been remanded to ten days NIA custody on Wednesday.

23 May 2012

Jharkhand is fast becoming a military state. Similar to operation green hunt which was started three years ago in mineral rich forest areas resided by adivasis, brutal operations are being carried out continuously in Jharkhand as well.

15 May 2012

PUDR strongly condemns the police action on the peaceful anti-dam protestors in Lakhimpur district of Assam on 11 May 2012.

15 May 2012

PUDR is concerned at the alleged encounter killing by a joint team of Assam Police, CRPF and Indian Army in which four alleged armed cadres of the Upper Assam Leading Committee of CPI (Maoist) were killed on 9 May at Borgora-Deopani Nepali Gaon under the Saidya police station.

15 May 2012

PUDR strongly condemns the ongoing repression by the state on the peaceful protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu particularly since 8 May 2012. It condemns the policy of using tactics of threat and intimidation to crush a democratic movement.

30 Apr 2012

PUDR condemns the Central Governments admission of its ‘arrest or kill’ policy against Naxalites, before the Standing Committee on Home Affairs by the Home Secretary, Mr. R.K. Singh on April 4, 2012.

24 Apr 2012

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO), comprising of 20 civil and democratic rights organisations from across India decided to undertake a fact finding into the impact of big/mega dam projects coming up in the North Eastern states  on the life

18 Apr 2012

The Terror of Law is a CDRO (Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization) report which shows how and why the UAPA curbs the freedoms provided by Article 19 [Protection of Freedoms] for expression, assembly and association against one section of political op

12 Apr 2012

CONDEMN THE ATTACK ON DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ACTIVISTS BY TMC GOONS AND KOLKATA POLICE. DROP THE FALSE CHARGES AND IMMEDIATELY RELEASE ALL ANTI-EVICTION AND DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ACTIVISTS.

10 Apr 2012

PUDR strongly condemns the violent demolition of the Nonadanga slums on March 30th in Kolkata, and the subsequent police brutality on peaceful anti-eviction protests followed by the vindictive arrest of activists.  

30 Mar 2012

COORDINATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS (CDRO)

JHARKHAND FACT-FINDING: 26th to 30th March 2012

21 Mar 2012

PUDR expresses concern at the abduction of the two Italian nationals by the CPI (Maoist) in Kandamahal-Ganjam region of Orissa on March 14.

05 Mar 2012

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is outraged at the brazen claim advanced by the Indian Army that let alone sanction for prosecution, no civil administrat

27 Feb 2012

People's Union for Democratic Rights has drawn public’s attention from time-to-time to the lawless conduct of the security forces in war zones across the country where ‘operation greenhunt’ is being prosecuted.

20 Feb 2012

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the notification issued by the Union Home Ministry on February 5, 2012 which appoints the Director of the National Counter Terrorism Centre as the “designated authority” under S2(e) of the Unlawful Activities(prevention) Act

09 Feb 2012

It is with great dismay and outrage that PUDR condemns the award of President’s Police medal to Dantewada Superintendent Ankit Garg. He is the officer accused by Soni Sori of having inflicted grave sexual violence upon her while she was in his custody in Dantewada.

30 Jan 2012

A national seminar was held under the auspices of PUCL in May 2011 deliberating on increasing attack on life and liberty of the people in the country.

17 Jan 2012

The custodial killing of an adivasi in newly formed Sukhma District of Chattisgarh is yet another reminder of the lawlessness which prevails in Chattisgarh’s Bastar region.