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The civil rights movement in India has emerged as an autonomous voice in defense of civil liberties and democratic rights of our people. The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi, is one such organisation. It came into existence in 1977 as the Delhi unit of a larger national forum,PUCLDR, and became PUDR on 1 February, 1981.

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Media Coverage on activists, case and the law under which they are arrested

My Friend Gautam; Sumanta Bannerjee; The Indian Express; 12 Sep 2018

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/gautam-navlakha-elgaar-parishad-bhima-koregaon-5351310/

Dear Comrade Gautamji’: on the Navlakha case; Sanjay Kak; The Hindu; 12 Sep 2018

https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/dear-comrade-gautamji/article24929134.ece

गौतम नवलखा के नाम पीयूडीआर के साथी का एक खुला खत: मेघा; द सिटिज़न; 12 Sep 2018

https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/hi/NewsDetail/index/2/14945/Navlakha

Gautam Navlakha has always been a principled dissenter. It’s a shame he’s being punished for it. C Rammanohar Reddy; Scroll .in; 11 Sep 2018

https://scroll.in/article/893911/gautam-navlakha-has-always-been-a-principled-dissenter-its-a-shame-hes-being-punished-for-it

“Shocked At the Arrest Of Human Rights Defenders”: Jinee Lokaneeta; The Citizen: 11 Sep 2018

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/2/14939/Shocked-At-the-Arrest-Of-Human-Rights-Defenders

‘If They’re So Mighty, Let Them Snuff Out The Moon’: Aniket Alam; NEWCLICK; 11 Sep 2018.

https://www.newsclick.in/if-theyre-so-mighty-let-them-snuff-out-moon

The Sudha Bharadwaj I know: The Indian Express; 11 Sep 2018

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/sudha-bharadwaj-activist-arrest-urban-naxal-5342049/

13 letters leaked by Pune police show why it's hard to believe claims about a Maoist conspiracy: Scroll.in; 11 Sep 2018

https://scroll.in/article/893686/13-letters-leaked-by-pune-police-show-why-it-s-hard-to-believe-claims-about-a-maoist-conspiracy

University Teachers Forum Hyderabad Condemns the Raid at Prof Satyanarayana’s House: Kafila; 11 Sep 2018

https://kafila.online/2018/09/11/university-teachers-forum-hyderabad-condemns-the-raid-at-prof-satyanarayanas-house/

Full text: Nearly 190 IIT Kanpur faculty, alumni demand release of Sudha Bharadwaj, other activists: Scroll.in: 10 Sep 2018

https://scroll.in/latest/893832/full-text-nearly-190-iit-kanpur-faculty-alumni-demand-release-of-sudha-bharadwaj-other-activists

No Respect for Witnesses, Not Enough Voices: Activists Allege Bias at Bhima Koregaon Commission: The Wire: 10 Sep 2018

https://thewire.in/rights/bhima-koregaon-commission-witness-victim"I Haven’t Earned Money, I Have Earned People": Sudha Bharadwaj’s Daughter Pens Emotional Note: The Wire; 8 Sep 2018

https://thewire.in/rights/sudha-bharadwaj-daughter-letter

Sudha Bharadwaj: Arrested activist who led legal fight against Adani's mines. Deepak Tiwari: The Week; 7 Sep 2018

https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2018/09/07/sudha-bharadwaj-arrested-activist-legal-adani-mines.html

5 activists' arrest: SC furious with Maharashtra cop's comment: 7 Sep 2018

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/bhima-koregaon-case-sc-irked-over-maharashtra-police-officer-extends-house-arrest-of-activists/articleshow/65709038.cms

Why the UAPA must go: Jawahar Raja: India Today: 7 Sep 2018

https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20180917-why-the-uapa-must-go-1333213-2018-09-07

Rights Activists Arrest: This Law Is An Ass: Manisha Sethi: Outlook; 17 Sep 2018

https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/rights-activists-arrest-this-law-is-an-ass/300588

A nation’s moment of reckoning: Dr. Ashwani Kumar: 7 Sep 2018

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-nations-moment-of-reckoning-elgaar-parishad-activists-arrested-bhima-koregaon-violence-dalit-march-5343830/

Those in Authority Want to Arrest the Growing Consciousness About Human Rights: Manoranjan Mohanty, The Wire; 7 Sep 2018

https://thewire.in/rights/activists-arrests-human-rights-pose-the-greatest-challenge-to-current-dispensation

Elgaar Parishad probe: Faridabad bar body wants strike to protest arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, other lawyers: The Indian Express; 6 Sep 2018

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/elgaar-parishad-probe-faridabad-bar-body-wants-strike-to-protest-arrest-of-sudha-bharadwaj-other-lawyers-5342105/

Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society condemns crack down on HR activists and liberal voices: Kashmir News Trust; 4 Sep 2018

http://kashmirnewstrust.com/jammu-kashmir-coalition-civil-society-condemns-crack-down-hr-activists-and-liberal-voices

Independent Inquiry Slams Pune Police for 'Inaction' During Bhima Koregaon Violence: Dailyhunt: 4 Sep 2018

https://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/the+wire+english-epaper-wireng/independent+inquiry+slams+pune+police+for+inaction+during+bhima+koregaon+violence-newsid-96177537

Flouting law, Maharashtra police took along witnesses from Pune while raiding, arresting activists: Scroll.in: 4 Sep 2018

https://scroll.in/article/893039/flouting-the-law-maharashtra-police-took-witnesses-from-pune-while-raiding-and-arresting-activists

On Activists' Arrests, High Court Questions Press Conference By Police: NDTV: 3 Sep 2018

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/on-activists-arrests-bombay-high-court-questions-press-conference-by-maharashtra-police-when-case-is-1910371

Activists' arrest: Bombay HC raps Maharashtra police, asks ' why hold press conference on sub judice matter': The Times of India: 3 Sep 2018

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/activists-arrest-bombay-hc-raps-maharashtra-police-asks-why-hold-press-conference-on-sub-judice-matter/articleshow/65654860.cms

Bhima Koregaon Arrests: Anatomy of a clampdown and the history of a long oppression: Kritika A; The Leaflet; 3 Sep 2018

http://theleaflet.in/bhimakoregaonarrests-anatomy-of-a-clampdown-and-the-history-of-a-long-oppression/

Statement against police action on Prof. Anand Teltumbde and others – Students, Faculty and Alumni of IIT Kharagpur: Kafila; 2 Sep 2018

https://kafila.online/2018/09/02/statement-against-police-action-on-prof-anand-teltumbde-and-others-students-faculty-and-alumni-of-iit-kharagpur/

The Many Plots To Assassinate Narendra Modi: Tushar Dhara: The Caravan: 2 Sep 2018

http://www.caravanmagazine.in/politics/many-plots-to-assassinate-narendra-modi

Sinister homosapiens: Pratab Bhanu Mehta: The Indian Express: 31 August 2018

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/sinister-homo-sapiens-elgaar-sudha-bharadwaj-indian-express-columns-5333338/

Elgaar Parishad probe: Dissent safety valve of democracy, pressure cooker will burst if not allowed, says SC: The Indian Express; 31 August 2018

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/supreme-court-activists-bhima-koregaon-5331247/

Missing facts in conspiracy theories: Business Line: 30 August 2018

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/missing-facts-in-conspiracy-theories/article24821983.ece

Sudha Bharadwaj Did Exemplary Work for the Deprived, Fight Will Continue, Say Fellow Activists: Manas Mitu; News 18; 29 August 2018

https://www.news18.com/news/india/sudha-bharadwaj-did-exemplary-work-in-chhattisgarh-our-fight-will-continue-say-fellow-activists-1861027.html

Urban Naxal’ Varavara Rao No Stranger to Political Imprisonments: The Quint: 29 August 2018

https://www.thequint.com/news/politics/varavara-rao-profile-no-stranger-to-political-imprisonment-bhima-koregaon

Who Is Vernon Gonsalves, the Activist Held for ‘Naxalite’ Links: The Quint: 29 August 2018

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/who-is-vernon-gonsalves-bhima-koregaon-activist-arrest

Bhima Koregaon raids: Vernon Gonsalves' son says family experienced same 'sense of helplessness' in 2007; full text: FIRSTPOST; 29 August 2018

https://www.firstpost.com/india/bhima-koregaon-raids-vernon-gonsalves-son-says-family-experienced-same-sense-of-helplessness-in-2007-full-text-5071091.html

Gautam Navlakha arrest: Delhi High Court points out lapses: The Hindu; 29 August 2018

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/activist-gautam-navlakha-arrest-delhi-high-court-critical-of-magistrate-court-order-on-transit-remand/article24810919.ece

PUCL (People’s Umion for Civil Liberties) Statement Condemning Arrest of Public Intellectuals , 31 August

http://indianculturalforum.in/2018/08/31/pucl-condemns-the-arrest-of-public-intellectuals/

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao: Indian Cultural Forum: 31 August 2018

http://indianculturalforum.in/2018/08/31/wss-statement-on-the-arrests-of-activist/

Civil Society Members Condemn Arrests of Activists, Demand Withdrawal of Charges: The Wire: 30 August 2018

https://thewire.in/rights/civil-society-members-condemn-arrest-of-activists-demand-withdrawal-of-charges

48 former IAS officers urge Modi to speak up on the arrest of 5 activists: Nandita Singh; The Print: 30 August 2018

https://theprint.in/politics/48-former-ias-officers-urge-modi-to-speak-up-on-the-arrest-of-5-activists/108884/

Varavara Rao’s arrest condemned: The Hindu; 30 August 2018

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/varavara-raos-arrest-condemned/article24814150.ece

Viplava Rachayitala Sangham condemns arrest of Varavara Rao, others in Ongole: Hans India: 30 August 2018

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Amaravati-Tab/2018-08-30/Viplava-Rachayitala-Sangham-condemns-arrest-of-Varavara-Rao-others-in-Ongole/408531

NLU-D Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni Issue Joint Statement Condemning Activist Lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj’s Arrest: LiveLaw.in; 29 August 2018

https://www.livelaw.in/more-than-150-nlu-d-faculty-staff-students-alumni-issue-joint-statement-condemning-activist-lawyer-sudha-bharadwajs-arrest/

Bhima-Koregaon probe: Full text of joint statement by activists, intellectuals condemning the raids and arrests: Fistpost: 28 August 2018

https://www.firstpost.com/india/bhima-koregaon-probe-full-text-of-joint-statement-by-activists-intellectuals-condemning-the-raids-and-arrests-5065181.html

 

Latest Publications

22 Mar 2019

The brutal truth behind deaths in police custody were commonly the result of torture of suspects, which is part of routine policing practice in India. The repetitive, almost mundane nature of accounts of custodial deaths reflected in our reports, and their similarity over the years, have shown the systemic and rampant nature, deep pervasiveness and centrality of custodial violence and torture in the practice of…

10 Sep 2018

This is PUDR's position paper presented during the 33rd Ramandham Memorial meeting on 8th Sep 2018. The paper is based on some of the investigations carried by PUDR over the years related to globally intergrated industries in the region - such as automobile industry at Manesar (Haryana), consumer electronics such as LG and Vivo phones (Greater Noida), garment workers in Kapashera (Delhi); as well as local industries, such as workers in localised…

15 Jul 2018

22nd May 2018 shook the conscience of all the citizens of India when the news of police firing on anti-Sterlite protestors in Tuticorin (Thoothukodi) in TamilNadu and killing 15 of them reached the citizens through different news channels and media reports. Such a large scale attack on the common people is unprecedented in the history of Tamilnadu and even at national level such events are rare with the exception of recent targeted…

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