Press Statements

26 Sep 2006
 People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the reported decision taken today to hang Mohd. Afzal on 20th October 2006. Not only does PUDR condemn death penalty in principle, but in this case, PUDR has followed the Parliament attack case closely from the time it was committed to trial under POTA and had observed the denial of fair trial in this particular case. PUDR’s...
08 Oct 2006
The Apunba Lup, the representative group of Manipur civil society, along with Delhi groups which included Human Rights Law Network, Saheli, People's Union for Democratic Rights, Sama and Jagori today made public the report of the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee, set up to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958) (AFSPA). When a delegation of civil society groups met him on October 6, the...
17 Nov 2006
 The conviction of Santosh Singh by Delhi High Court for the rape and murder of Priyadarshni Mattoo is very welcome. Inspite of wait of ten long years justice has finaly been done with the overturning of Session's Court judgment acquiting Santosh Singh. However the question remains – is it necessary to give Santosh Singh the death penalty? The most strident argument in favour of...
20 Dec 2006
 PUDR has all along been concerned with high profile cases be it the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case or the Parliament attack case as they raise serious issues pertaining to criminal jurisprudence. The judgement on the Red Fort attack delivered by a Delhi session’s judge, OP Saini is a very important one as it links waging war squarely with the attack on the Red Fort, based wholly on...
24 Dec 2006
The Death Penalty is no Answer to Custodial Violance!  In a ‘first of its kind’ decision a Delhi court has awarded the death sentence to a police officer – ACP Rishi Prasad Tyagi, for the custodial killings of Mahender Kumar and Ram Kumar in 1987 in Police Station Vivek Vihar. While PUDR welcomes this conviction, it condemns the death sentence awarded and calls for the...