Press Statements

01 Apr 2009
When a crime is committed as per the law of the land in full public view, what reason can there be for not prosecuting but instead invoking a preventive detention law such as the NSA, as has been done in the case of Varun Gandhi. PUDR as a matter of principle opposes the use of preventive detention, be it National Security Act (NSA) or various state level laws, because when a person has...
29 Apr 2009
In the Name of National Pride : Blatant Violation of Workers Rights at the Commonwealth Games construction site The forthcoming 18th Commonwealth Games are being presented as a matter of great national pride by both the central and Delhi govt. The Govt. of India has agreed to give the Delhi govt. a sum of about Rs. 5200 crores for carrying out construction work and providing basic facilities...
30 Apr 2009
The views expressed by the Home minister, Mr. P Chidambaram, “Naxals not motivated by ideology, they’re bandits” (Times of India, 18.4.09) reveals a regressive security perspective of a mass movement mobilised by the Naxal movement. That the roots of the Naxal movement lie in structural inequalities, in issues of economic and social backwardness, and resistance against all this is well...
26 May 2009
PUDR welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to Dr. Binayak Sen in the case that resulted in the noted civil rights activist being confined for over two years in Raipur jail on charges of sedition and participation in ‘unlawful activities’ levelled by the Chhattisgarh government. In reading out the order, it is pertinent to note that the Supreme court judge specifically commented...
05 Jun 2009
The rape and murder of Asiya Jan and Neelofer Jan by members of the CRPF in Shopian, Kashmir and the subsequent dumping of their bodies in a stream is a horrific crime by any measure, in any society. When the crime is committed by state forces in a situation of armed insurgency and nationality struggle as there exists in Kashmir it takes on certain other implications as well. It suggests that...
05 Jun 2009
A six member team of two human rights organisations, PUDR (Delhi) and PUCR (Haryana) undertook a fact finding on May 22, 2009 and June 1, 2009 to investigate state repression of individuals, arrest and crackdown on organisations such as Shivalik Jan Sangharsh Manch, widespread use of undemocratic laws such as seditions and UAPA happening in the guise of suppressing the Maoist threat. In the...
24 Jun 2009
In 2004, when the Congress led UPA government came to power it repealed the POTA, which it admitted had been grossly misused. It simultaneously amended an existing law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 (UAPA), siphoning into it some of extraordinary provisions of POTA, including those pertaining to banning of terrorist organizations. The conditions of banning under the amended Act...
26 Aug 2009
PUDR would like to bring to notice that the Jharkhand police who had picked up two activists of CPI (Maoist) party, identified by the Ministry of Home Affairs as Amit Bagchi and Shaufeeq Mandal on 19 August, have finally produced them after a gap nearly 6 days in court on the 25th. According to the Artice 22(2) of the Indian Constitution, an arrested person should be produced before the...
29 Aug 2009
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) strongly condemns the killing of four persons including a minor girl allegedly by Maoists at Bundu P.S. area in Jharkhand. It is reported in the media that the attack by Maoists was indiscriminate, with the use of a landmine, and targeted all those the attackers could lay their hands on. No reason whatsoever can condone such an act of violence...
05 Sep 2009
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR, Punjab), Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR, West Bengal), Bandhi Mukti Morcha (West Bengal), Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR, Nagpur), Coordination for Human Rights (COHR, Manipur), Human Rights Forum (HRF,...
08 Sep 2009
Following reports of attacks on tribals, institution of numerous cases and arrests of those associated with the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan in Harda district, People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) sent a four-member team to conduct a fact-finding. The team met various people in Harda town, the Collector, DFO and the Police SDO, forest officials, watchers as well as many residents...
08 Sep 2009
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08 Oct 2009
People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) unequivocally condemns the gruesome killing of Inspector Francis Induwar by the Maoists in Jharkhand. PUDR has consistently maintained that neither civilians nor captives should ever be subjected to torture or to cause death. Once any person is taken into custody, by any warring side, it becomes the bounden responsibility of the captors to...
20 Oct 2009
Findings of fact-finding team into 17th September and 1st October murders by security forces in Dantewada Till now, no substantive information has been given in the media regarding the Gachanpalli killings of 17th September 2009 (during Operation Green Hunt) and 1st October killings at Gompad and Chintagufa villages by security forces. Nor have any reports appeared regarding detentions and...
01 Nov 2009
PUDR condemns the recent spate of violence unleashed by district administration of Khandwa against people affected by the Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar dams and activists of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in the district headquarters over the past two-three days. It all began following a call for peaceful demonstration on the 28th of October by the NBA over the non-implementation of a...

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