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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


Jul 29 05:30

Stop arrests and harassment of activists protesting against Kanhar Dam Project

 PUDR condemns the ongoing attacks by the state police and land mafia against the protesters who have been agitating against the construction of the Kanhar Dam project in Sonbhadra district for the past seven months. The arrest of Roma Malik, Sukalo (30th June), Gambheera Prasad (21st April), Pankaj, Laxman and Ashrafi Yadav (14th April) of the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) is the latest demonstration of such terror tactics.


Jul 28 11:53

WHY YAKUB MEMON SHOULD NOT BE HANGED

After the Supreme Court rejected Yakub Memon’s curative petition on 21st July 2015, Memon has filed a mercy petition before the Governor and also a validity plea before the apex court. Many believe that he is cleverly using the system to buy time. Against those who are baying for his blood, it is important to remember that there are, arguably, very good reasons why he should not be hanged:


Jul 20 20:05

Stop Yakub Memon’s Hanging

On 15th July, the Maharashtra government announced that it has initiated the process for hanging Yakub Memon. On 30th July, 2015 ‘he is to be hung by the neck till dead’. The announcement seemed inevitable after the Supreme Court had rejected his review petition on 10th April this year. Except that Yakub Memon has still not exhausted all legal remedies as he has a curative petition due to be heard in the Supreme Court on 21st July.


Latest Publications


Jul 23 18:00

गौमांस पर प्रतिबंध और मौलिक अधिकारों का हनन - कुछ आयाम

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 भारतीय जनता पार्टी सरकार ने अपने 2014 के चुनाव पत्र में गौमांस पर प्रतिबंध और गौसंरक्षण को एक बड़ा मुद्दा बनाया था। इसी को अमल में लाते हुए, »


Jul 08 05:30

BANNED AND DAMNED: SIMI's Saga with UAPA Tribunals

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 PEOPLES UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS has long held that freedoms conferred by the Constitution as well as those which flow from International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), are intrinsic to our pursuit of democratic rights. These ‘freedoms’ are not only meant for individuals but also, and most significantly, for our right to form associations in order to promote and propagate collectively held perspectives/views in the public domain.


Jun 04 15:28

TAILOR-MADE LIVES: Accidents and Discontent among the Garment Industry Workers in Udyog Vihar, Haryana

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 On 12 February 2015, hundreds of workers of garment factories at Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, came out on the streets and pelted stones at some of the garment factory buildings in response to the rumour of the death of a fellow worker. The incident was widely reported in national newspapers. This prompted People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and Perspectives to undertake a joint fact finding in this incident. In the course of the fact-finding, the team was presented with a chance to get an insight into the world of garment industry workers of Udyog Vihar.