Press Statements

19 Feb 2007
 People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) demands a thorough probe into the large number of enforced disappearances in the hands of the security forces in Kashmir. What is shocking is the manner in which these enforced disappearances are passed off as encounter killings of ‘foreign militants’ and identification is harrowing as bodies are buried far away from where the...
04 Apr 2007
 People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the brutal attack on the protestors in Nandigram, an unwarranted attack in which, reports indicate, at least 21 people have been killed. This attack follows weeks of intense protests in the area over the takeover of vast tracts of land for a proposed SEZ to be operated by the Salim Group.     The...
28 Apr 2007
 People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) demands the immediate production by the Government of India, all of the ULFA activists handed over by the Royal Bhutanese Army in the course of counter-insurgency operations in Bhutan. The Guwahati High Court in its 2004 ruling has clearly called upon the responsibility of the Indian government to clarify the status of persons detained and...
11 May 2007
 PUDR fears for the safety of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Chhattisgarh, the National Vice President of PUCL and, a highly respected civil rights activist of long standing. As a medical doctor, Binayak Sen has been actively involved in reaching health care to the poorest people as well as monitoring the health and nutrition status of the...
13 May 2007
We strongly condemn the threats being held out by the Superintendent of Police, Raipur, to activists of PUCL, Chhattisgarh and other democratic activists. Dr Binayak Sen, Mr Gautham Bandopadyay, Ms Rashmi Dwivedi, and others have been branded as Maoist sympathisers, and the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act is being invoked to jail them. There is nothing original or new about such...
14 May 2007
We, the following Civil and Democratic Rights organizations, strongly condemn the arrest of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary, PUCL (Chhattisgarh) and Vice President, PUCL (National) under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004 and Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2006. Dr. Sen is a very well respected civil rights activist of long standing who has the rare ability to...
26 May 2007
A public meeting organized in Delhi here today demanded the release of Dr Binayak Sen, and Rajinder Sail of PUCL Chhatisgarh, dropping all charges, end to the Salwa Judum and the repeal of Chhatisgarh Special Public (Security) Act 2005 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Addressing the well attended meeting organized by PUCL, People's Union for Democratic Rights Delhi, Medico Friends...
24 Jun 2007
PEOPLE'S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (PUDR) 24 June 2007 PRESS STATEMENT: RUSTICATION OF JNU STUDENTS PUDR condemns the decision of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to declare 8 students out of bounds of the campus, rusticate 7 of them for 1-2 years, and fine the three office-bearers of JNUSU. The administration's action against these 11 students – in response to a number of...
29 Jun 2007
The rustication of eight students by Jawaharlal Nehru University, in response to the gherao of JNU’s Registrar by a number of students on 19 February 2007 must be condemned as disproportionate and vindictive. The action of the students cannot be viewed in isolation and ought to be viewed in its proper context – JNU’s blatant violations of the law in its mistreatment and exploitation of contract...