About Us

Over the last 30 years or more, 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.

Press Releases

15 Jan 2018
PUDR demands the immediate release of Abu Bilal Kawa who was arrested on January 10, 2018 by a joint team of the Special Cell and Gujarat ATS from outside Delhi’s International Airport. The Deputy Commissioner Special Cell said that the suspect was arrested after it was confirmed that he was “the same man we were looking for in the Red Fort terrorist shoot out case” (Hindustan Times, 11.01.2018). Subsequently, a...
27 Dec 2017
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights Press Statement 27 December 2017 Revoke the ban on Mazdoor Sanghatan Samiti Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the ban imposed against a trade union Mazdoor Sanghatan Samiti (MSS), by the Jharkhand state government on the basis of charges of Maoist association. The Principal Home Secretary, SKG Rahate in a press conference claimed that the MSS was a “frontal...
17 Dec 2017
PUDR condemns the re-arrest of political prisoner Kobad Ghandy. Seventy one year old Ghandy, who is facing incarceration since September 2009 had been granted interim bail on medical grounds for three months starting from 12th December 2017 by a court in Andhra Pradesh. But on 16th December 2017, he was rearrested by the Jharkhand police while he was attending a court hearing at Achempet in Telangana. The Jharkhand...
04 Dec 2017
PUDR condemns promulgation of The Jammu and Kashmir Public Property (Prevention of Damage) (Amendment) Ordinance by Mr NN Vohra, the Governor, Jammu and Kashmir on 26th October 2017, which criminalises anyone calling for a protest or demonstration which leads to damage of public property with an imprisonment of two to five years and fine as high as the market value of the property damaged. The speed with which State...
30 Nov 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) 30th November, 2017   PUDR CONDEMNS ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT GAG ORDER IN YOGI ADITYANATH’s  HATE SPEECH CASE   On 7 November 2017, the Allahabad High Court ordered a gag on media reporting on the issue of sanction by the State to prosecute Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for a speech deemed to incite violence, made in 2007. The Court order...
22 Nov 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights Press Statement Condemn the continued violation of Rule of Law and use of draconian legal provisions in Kashmir PUDR condemns the 36th Preventive Detention order served on Masarat Alam, leader of Muslim League and member of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.  The revolving-door-detention, where a person is booked under new detention order illegally...
09 Nov 2017
Coordination for Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) CAMPAIGN FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS: PROFILES OF SIX POLITICAL PRISONERS CONVICTED UNDER UAPA IN GADCHIROLI (Convicted and Sentenced vide judgment dated 07.03.2017 in State of Maharashtra v Mahesh Tirki & Ors by Gadchiroli Sessions Court; Sessions Case No. 13/2014 & 130/2015) 9th November 2017 On 7th March 2017, six persons (...
08 Nov 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights has long been drawing attention to egregious violation of rights of workers governed under various labour laws. Most important of these rights is the fundamental right to form trade union, so as to engage in collective wage negotiations and to ensure that conditions on shop floor do not become tyrannical. Ever since the economic reforms began in India in 1991, attempts have...
06 Nov 2017
Peoples Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) against Bhim Army's founder leader Chandrashekhar Azad by Yogi Adityanath's government, on 3 November 2017, a day after he was granted bail by Allahabad High Court. Chandrashekhar had been arrested on 8 June 2017 on charges of inciting violence and destruction of property, in connection with an incident of...
31 Oct 2017
31 October 2017 - thirty three years have passed since the anti-Sikh pogrom carried out in Delhi between 31st October and 4th November 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.  The official figure of those massacred in the violence stands at 2700, while according to unofficial estimates it is closer to 4000 in Delhi alone.  The genocide spread to...
31 Oct 2017
31 October 2017 - thirty three years have passed since the anti-Sikh pogrom carried out in Delhi between 31st October and 4th November 1984, following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh body guards.  The official figure of those massacred in the violence stands at 2700, while according to unofficial estimates it is closer to 4000 in Delhi alone.  The genocide spread to...
30 Oct 2017
As the Hadiya-Shefin matter comes up for hearing today, PUDR urges the Apex court to take note of the serious violation of democratic rights of the parties involved in this so-called case of ‘Love-Jihad’. PUDR believes that the case is being used in order to provide legitimacy to the supposed presence of ‘Love-Jihad’ or ‘terror marriages following conversion to Islam’ in the country which is nothing more than a...
25 Oct 2017
PUDR condemns the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance promulgated by the Rajasthan government on 7 September 2017, preventing magistrates from taking cognizance of complaints against serving and former Judges, Magistrates, and public servants without sanction of the government. This ordinance further gags the media from naming the accused till sanction is given by the government. The amendment made in the...
11 Oct 2017
Right to protest has been coming under attack under one or other pretext. Earlier public order was the way in which our right to protest was curtailed by imposing IPC Section 144 on large parts of the Delhi city to prevent gathering of more than five persons. People were also confined to a small physical area, limiting the means and impact of resistance. Now, public health concerns are being invoked to throttle...
10 Oct 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses grave concern at the increasing incidents of violent attacks and gang wars in jail which severely threaten the life and security of the inmates. The Tihar jail authorities have faltered in fulfilling their responsibility of ensuring a safe atmosphere by failing to keep in check violent conflicts among prisoners, the brunt of which is being borne by those inmates...

Latest Publications

01 Dec 2017
Industrial Model Township (IMT) in Manesar, Haryana is known, not only as an industrial belt in the National Capital Region (NCR) but also as the home to the Maruti plant and the struggle by its workers. It is well known that 13 active union members of Maruti's Manesar plant have been given life imprisonment by the trial court recently. Workers in this unit managed to get their union registered in January 2012 after months of very hard struggle. The above...
09 Nov 2017
Coordination for Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) CAMPAIGN FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS: PROFILES OF SIX POLITICAL PRISONERS CONVICTED UNDER UAPA IN GADCHIROLI (Convicted and Sentenced vide judgment dated 07.03.2017 in State of Maharashtra v Mahesh Tirki & Ors by Gadchiroli Sessions Court; Sessions Case No. 13/2014 & 130/2015) 9th November 2017 On 7th March 2017, six persons (Vijay Tirki, Pandu Narote, Mahesh Tirki...
08 Nov 2017
The incessant violation of the workers’ rights in the name of labour reforms under the current political establishment has hit another low. The NDA government has already been making amendments in labour laws in order to push its programmes like ‘Make-in-India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Ease of doing Business’ thereby enabling companies to work in India and squeeze labour. The Central Ministry for Labour and Employment is also consolidating 43...
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