Press Statements

06 Jan 2015
PUDR strongly condemns the extension of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in Assam, on January 2, 2015 under Section 3 of the Act by the Government of India. Coming in the wake of the recent massacre of adivasis by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) on December 23, 2014 in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur and Chirang districts of Assam, this extension is a testament to the...
14 Jan 2015
PUDR condemns the Union Government for preventing Ms. Priya Pillai of Greenpeace (India) from travelling to London. Greenpeace came under scrutiny because of its support to Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, a grassroots organisation challenging coal mining license for Mahan Coal Ltd, a joint venture of Essar and Hindalco (Aditya Birla group). What is ominous is that the Home Ministry has purportedly stated...
21 Jan 2015
पी.यू.डी.आर. एक बार फिर इस देश में सैन्य बलों को मिली कानूनी दण्डमुक्ति के मुद्दे को चिन्हित करना चाहता है | 16 जनवरी 2015 को कुनन पश्पोरा बलात्कार मामले में जम्मू कश्मीर उच्च न्यायलय ने एक ऐसा निर्देश जारी किया जो इस बात की तरफ इशारा करता है की इस देश में सैन्य बलों पर उनके द्वारा कृत अपराधों के लिए किसी भी प्रकार की कार्यवाही चलाना कोई आसान बात नहीं है |  23 और 24 फरवरी...
23 Jan 2015
People’s Union for Democratic Rights expresses its sincere condolences on the death of Professor Rajni Kothari, public intellectual, civil rights activist and institution builder. A leading intellectual, Prof. Rajni Kothari’s academic pursuits emerged from his democratic commitments and deep concern for the marginalised and deprived sections of society. Prof. Kothari was not satisfied...
25 Jan 2015
PUDR notes with extreme concern the imminent hanging of Mohd. [email protected] Mohd. Ashfaq, a Pakistani national for the 22nd December 2000 attack on the Red Fort in which three army personnel of 7th batallion of the Rajputana Rifles lost their lives.Mohd. Arif was arrested on 25th December 2000 along with his wife Rehmana. In October 2005 he was sentenced to death by the trial court for waging war against...
28 Jan 2015
People's Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the acquittal of the accused in the Shankarbigha massacre (Jehanabad District) of 1999. On 14 January, 2014, a Trial Court in Jehanabad District of Bihar acquitted all the 24 accused members of Ranvir Sena in Shankarbigha killings on grounds of “lack of evidence”. All the 23 persons killed, of them seven children including a 10...
30 Jan 2015
पीपल्स यूनियन फॉर डेमोक्रेटिक राइट्स 1999 के शंकरबीघा जनसंहार (जहानाबाद ज़िला) के सभी दोषियों को बरी करने की तीव्र निंदा करता है | 14 जनवरी, 2015 को बिहार के जहानाबाद ज़िले के एक ट्रायल कोर्ट द्वारा शंकरबीघा जनसंहार में शामिल रणवीर सेना के सभी दोषियों को 'साक्ष्य के अभाव' के आधार पर बरी कर दिया गया | इस जनसंहार में मारे गए सभी 23 लोगों में 7 बच्चे (जिनमें एक बच्चा 10 महीने का था), 5 महिलाएं और 11...
07 Feb 2015
Once again PUDR wants to highlight the impunity enjoyed by the Armed Forces in the country. On 16th January 2015 the Jammu and Kashmir High Court passed an order in the Kunan Pashpora case which goes on to highlight that in this country, it is not easy to prosecute or hold the Armed Forces accountable for any criminal acts perpetrated by them. In the intervening night of 23rd and 24th of...
12 Feb 2015
The recent chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) absolving former Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Syed Liaquat Shah, of all charges, has yet again exposed the Special Cell of the Delhi Police for planting false evidence and for framing Shah. Shah had been arrested by the Delhi Police on March 20, 2013 on grounds that he intended to launch a fidayeen or suicide attack in Delhi....
18 Feb 2015
Between December 26th and 31st 2014, a PUDR fact-finding team visited 9 villages of Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh to ascertain reports of arrests, intimidation and harassment, including sexual abuse by security forces who are stationed there to fight the Maoists. Predominantly Adivasi villages, the residents of Basaguda, Kottaguda, Pusbaka, Lingagiri, Rajpeta, Timmapur, Kottagudem, Korsaguda and...
23 Feb 2015
PUDR expresses its condemnation and grief at the death of respected social activist and CPI leader, 82 year old Govind Pansare on 20 February 2015 as a result of the murderous attack on him and his wife Uma Pansare by gun carrying assailants in Kolhapur four days earlier. Govind Pansare had been actively and intensely involved in a wide range of social and political struggles throughout his life...
23 Feb 2015
20 फरवरी 2015 को 82 वर्षीय सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और सीपीआई नेता माननीय गोविन्द पंसारे की मृत्यु हो गई | पीयूडीआर इस बात पर शोक प्रकट करता है और मृत्यु से चार दिन पहले उन पर और उनकी पत्नी उमा पंसारे पर कोल्हापुर में बंदूकधारियों द्वारा हुए जानलेवा हमले की निंदा करता है | अपने पूरे जीवन काल में गोविन्द पंसारे कईं सामाजिक और राजनैतिक संघर्षों में गहनता से सक्रिय थे | वे ऐटुक के नेता थे और उन्होंने...
01 Mar 2015
 PUDR welcomes the bail granted by the Supreme Court to Sunil s/o Satpal and Kanwaljeet Singh, two of the Maruti workers on February 23, 2015. Sunil and Kanwaljeet are among the 147 workers who were arrested in the aftermath of the violence on July 18, 2012, in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki in Haryana which led to the death of the factory's HR manager Awaneesh Kumar Deb. However it is...
08 Mar 2015
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, which arose to mark struggles of women workers for better working conditions and wages over a century ago, People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses its solidarity with the ongoing strike of women sales attendants of Kalyan Sarees in Thrissur, Kerala. This under-reported and remarkable strike which started on 31 December 2014 has...
18 Mar 2015
 PUDR expresses outrage at the gang-rape of a 71 year old nun by a gang of “dacoits” inside a convent in Gangnapur village, Nadia district, West Bengal on 14th March 2015. The men reportedly raided and desecrated the convent before taking away 12 lakhs.Clearly, the motive was not merely to rob and decamp but to punish the school and the community through this horrendous gang-rape...

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