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 1976-77 as the Delhi unit of a larger national forum, and became PUDR on 1 February, 1981.


Press Releases


Jan 30 14:24

एक बार फिर न्याय में देरी !शंकरबीघा तथा अन्य जनसंहारों के मामलों में सर्वोच्च न्यायलय से स्वतः संज्ञान लेने की पी.यू.डी.आर. की अपील

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 पुरुष सहित सभी भूमिहीन मज़दूर और दलित एवं पिछड़ी जातियों के परिवारों के पासवान, च


Jan 28 22:04

Justice Delayed, and Denied Yet Again: PUDR urges Supreme Court to suo moto intervene in the Shankarbigha and other massacres

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”.


Jan 25 11:40

Oppose Death Penalty on Arif

PUDR notes with extreme concern the imminent hanging of Mohd. Arif@ 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 the state and conspiracy to commit murder. This sentence was upheld by the Delhi High Court in September 2007.


Jan 23 14:57

PUDR Salutes Prof. Rajni Kothari

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 with his personal contributions and successfully demonstrated the path to being an institution builder.


Latest Publications


Jan 25 05:30

SAY YES TO JUSTICE: SAY NO TO HANGING OF SURENDER KOLI

 On 27th January 2015, the Allahbad High Court will decide whether Surender Koli will live or die as it will hear a petition asking for commutation of his death penalty on grounds of delay. Koli, the dalit manservant of Moninder Pandher, was charged of heinous crimes in the Nithari serial murders and disappearances.


Jan 15 05:30

The Jihad is not Against Love Only!

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 ‘Love Jihad’ is a name given to a kind of movement whereby women from non-Muslim communities are allegedly ‘lured’ into marrying the Muslim men as a way of furthering conversion to Islam. The issue of ‘Love Jihaad’ dates back to 2009 when in Kerala a case was reported. Though the Kerala government denied any organized occurrence of such acts, the Hindu and Christian religious groups took it as a threat.


Oct 17 14:53

Decision to hang Surender Koli: Yet another error of judgement?

 The Nithari case made headlines in 2006 when fifteen skeletons were unearthed from a house in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, following the investigation in the disappearance case in which a number of children and a woman went missing. House owner Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic servant Surender Koli were arrested in the case and both were accused of serial murders, sexual abuse and cannibalism (eating human body parts).