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27 Dec 2017

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the ban imposed against a trade union Mazdoor Sanghatan Samiti (MSS), by the Jharkhand state government on the basis of charges of Maoist association.

17 Dec 2017

PUDR condemns the re-arrest of political prisoner Kobad Ghandy. Seventy one year old Ghandy, who is facing incarceration since September 2009 had been granted interim bail on medical grounds for three months starting from 12th December 2017 by a court in Andhra Pradesh.

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 publ

30 Nov 2017

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.

22 Nov 2017

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 irrespective of the ear

09 Nov 2017

On 7th March 2017, six persons (Vijay Tirki, Pandu Narote, Mahesh Tirki, Prashant Rahi, G.N. Saibaba and Hem Mishra) were convicted by the Gadchiroli Sessions Court, Maharashtra under provisions of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

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.

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.

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

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’.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

22 Aug 2017

‘मेक इन इण्डिया’ अभियान और बहुराष्ट्रीय कम्पनियों को भारत में निर्माण करने के लिए न्यौता देने से रोज़गार पैदा होने के इसके दावे को काम के भयावह और अमानवीय ‘अवसरों’ के रूप में देखा गया है जिसका प्रत्यक्ष उदाहरण वीवो इण्डिया प्राइवेट लिमिटेड है। वीवो कम्पनी एक चीनी स्मार्टफ़ोन न

19 Aug 2017

PUDR welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to examine a plea filed by the family of five civilians killed in a fake encounter in Pathribal, Kashmir in 2000.

14 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 Mine

14 Aug 2017

कोर्डिनेशन ऑफ डेमोक्रेटिक राइट्स ऑर्गेनाइजेशन (सीडीआरओ) के 18 सदस्यीय टीम जांच के लिए बीते हफ्ते बस्तर के दौरे पर आई थी। टीम इसी साल नगरनार स्टील प्लांट के निजीकरण, पालनार कन्या छात्रावास में 16 छात्राओं (नाबालिग) के साथ छेड़-छाड़ व लैंगिक हिंसा एवं बुर्कापाल के ग्रामवासियों के

10 Aug 2017

The ‘Make in India’ drive and its claim of generating employment by getting multi-national companies to manufacture in India is characterized by appalling and inhuman work ‘opportunities’ of which the Vivo India Pvt Ltd is a glaring example.

28 Jul 2017

News reports of 27.07.2017 state that an Armed Forces Tribunal has suspended the life sentences awarded by a General Court Martial in 2014 and which were confirmed in 2015, to five army personnel for the killings of three Kashmiri civilians in April 2010, at Machil.

24 Jul 2017

PUDR investigated the aftermath of July 12, 2017, when Zohra Bibi, a domestic worker in Noida’s Mahagun Moderne, was severely beaten up and later went missing from her employer’s flat after allegations of theft were leveled against her.

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.

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.

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.

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

05 Jun 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 o

30 May 2017

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 between the security forces and the Maoists  in Chhattisgarh, which has resul

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 th

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.

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.

03 May 2017

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 between the security forces and the Maoists  in Chhattisgarh, which has resul

25 Apr 2017

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) denounces Government of India and its Law officer for being parsimonious in their espousal of wisdom.

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.

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 य

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.

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.

07 Mar 2017

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights finds the two notices and a warning issued to SRP Kalluri, and the transfer of SP Sukma, I.K. Elsela and RN Das SP Bastar as falling far short of their crime as officers of Law.

26 Feb 2017

झारखण्ड के हमारे साथी कार्यकर्ता शशि भूषण पाठक के निधन पर पीयूडीआर खेद व्यक्त करता है | 25 फरवरी 2017 की सुबह खबर मिली की साथी शशि भूषण पाठक वेल्लोर के क्रिस्चियन मेडिकल कॉलेज में चल बसे | वे लम्बे समय से डायबिटीज और गुर्दे की बीमारी से पीड़ित थे |

23 Feb 2017

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the Army chief Bipin Rawat’s statement made on 15th February warning  Kashmiris who “create hurdles during (Army) operations”  that they will face “harsh action”, calling them “over-ground workers of terrorists“, and equating stone

22 Feb 2017

In the most appalling display of hooliganism in the name of nationalism, the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took to violence in the premises of Delhi University over the last two days.

14 Feb 2017

PUDR condemns the anti-women stand of the Naga HoHo/ Naga Tribes Action Committee (NTAC) in the context of reservation of seats for women in elections to local urban bodies.

31 Jan 2017

1992 में बिहार के हुए बारा हत्याकांड के मामले, जिसमें 35 भूमिहार जाति के लोगों की हत्या हुई थी, के सज़ायाफ्ता नन्हे लाल मोची, वीर कुअर पासवान, कृष्णा मोची (तीनों दलित) और धमेन्द्र सिंह की फांसी की सज़ा को राष्ट्रपति द्वारा उम्रकैद में बदले जाने का पीयूडीआर स्वागत करता है। परन्तु

30 Jan 2017

PUDR welcomes the decision of the President commuting the death sentences of Nanhe Lal Mochi, Veer Kuar Paswan, Krishna Mochi and Dharmender Singh, convicted in the Bara massacre of 1992 for killing 35 members of the Bhumihar caste in Bihar.

24 Jan 2017

PUDR strongly condemns the intimidation of activist Bela Bhatia by members of the vigilante group AGNI on 23 January 2017.  This intimidation comes just a few days after the NHRC’s visit to Bastar to record the statements of women who have suffered sexual violence at the hands