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

Nov 20 19:19

One sparrow does not herald a spring.

A rare instance of army convicting its own personnel for war crimes does not mean end of legal immunity enjoyed by the armed forces in what officialdom calls the “disturbed area”. That the government denies presence of armed conflict is of course in marked contrast to the reality on the ground where armed forces enjoy war-time legal immunity.

Nov 11 07:10

When T-Shirts become Seditious

The course of democracy in India is witnessing a major turn towardsconstricting the freedom of expression. Peoples Union for Democratic Rights has time and again critiqued the use of draconian laws, of which sedition is a putrid kind, to stifle political dissent and eliminate political and ideological opposition. However, the recent use of the law of sedition shows its widening use in a manner which takes this defacement to the basic freedoms of individuals to express and conduct themselves in public spaces.

Nov 04 16:30

Justice not compensation

 People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the BJP government for reducing the quest for justice of the victims of anti Sikh carnage of 1984 into a cruel joke by engaging in competition for paying higher blood money to them. On the 30th year of 1984 sikh carnage, the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, announced that  compensation to families of the victims killed was to be enhanced from existing Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 5 lakhs.

Sep 21 21:29

CDRO condemns mass arrests in Telegana and Andhra Pradesh: Black days of Emergency are here??

 The AP and Telangana State governments have coercively prevented the one day convention of the FORUM FOR ALTERNATIVE POLITICS in Hyderabad on 21 Sep 2014 from being held. This is a most condemnable, undemocratic and unconstitutional acts of the two governments.  The meeting was scheduled between 10 am and 5pm and speakers from other states were invited to participate in the meeting.  The convener of the forum, Mr Varavararao and a few other activists, have been taken in to custody by the police.

Sep 16 13:43

CDRO strongly condemns the arrest and detention of rights activists in Manipur by the Manipur state government

 Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) strongly condemns the arrest and detention of rights activists in Manipur by the Manipur state government since 8 September 2014. 

Latest Publications

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).

Jul 18 20:08

Yes to Justice, No to Death: Position Paper on Death Penalty

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 PUDR’s opposition to the penalty of death is three decades old. Like everything else our opposition on capital punishment is evolving and is a ‘work in progress’. Starting with serious objections to the arbitrariness inbuilt in awarding Death Penalty, the fact that almost all death row convicts have come from lower echelons of society convinced us of its unjustness and that in an unequal society even dispensation of justice is stacked against the poor.

Apr 22 05:30

Crimes of Habit: A Report on Custodial Torture in Vijay Vihar Police Station


 On 10 July 2013 a leading news channel Aaj Tak telecast a video clip which showed several young boys describing their experience of custodial torture by policemen of the Vijay Vihar Police Station in outer Delhi. The incident had occurred between 26 and 28 March 2013. The story was leaked to the media in July 2013 by one of the constables posted there. The news was later reported in various newspapers including the Times of India, Outlook, The Statesman, DNA, Daily Mail and Zee News.