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

Feb 23 13:53

Condemn murder of CPI leader Govind Pansare

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.

Feb 23 22:06

सीपीआई नेता गोविन्द पंसारे की हत्या की निंदा

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 श्रमिक प्रतिष

Feb 18 11:28

Release of fact-finding report, War and the Lightness of Being Adivasi: Security camps and villages in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

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 Sarkeguda, narrated the daily acts of violence and violations committed by armed personnel residing in security camps.

Feb 12 22:38

Demand action against special cell personnel in Liaquat Shah case

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. A 'recovery' of a cache of arms, ammunition and explosives from a guest house near Jama Masjid (where allegedly Shah was planning to visit) was presented as evidence.

Feb 07 12:37

Re-investigation stayed in the two decade old Kunan Pashpora case: Yet another instance of impunity to the Armed Forces

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.

Latest Publications

Feb 18 11:16

War and the Lightness of Being Adivasi: Security camps and villages in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

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 Since June-July 2014, reports have been filtering in regarding the intensification of Operation Green Hunt in the forest villages of Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Civil rights organizations have been receiving requests to send teams in order to investigate what was happening on the ground. To this end, PUDR conducted a fact-finding in the villages of Sarkeguda, Rajpeta,Kottaguda, Pusbaka, Basaguda, Lingagiri, Korsaguda, Kottagudem and Timmapur villages in Usur Tehsil of Bijapur District from 26th to 31st December 2014.

Jan 25 05:30


 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.