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


May 05 18:12

Stop false arrest of Adivasis and threats to rights’ activists and lawyers in Chattisgarh

 PUDR strongly condemns IG Bastar, SRP Kalluri’s threat of taking severe action against certain NGOs in Chhattisgarh for allegedly aiding and abetting the Maoists under the guise of helping Adivasis.  At a recent Press Conference he said that many such organisations were already under surveillance.


Apr 28 22:14

Yakub Menon – A Question of Life and Death

PUDR notes with extreme concern the Supreme Court's decision on the 9th of April 2015, to reject Yakub Memon’s petition seeking review of his death sentence. This decision will only add another chapter to the growing instances of injustice perpetrated by the State. In the name of providing relief for those killed in the heinous Bombay blasts of 1993 one finds a punishment based on selective targeting and prejudice.
 

Apr 12 18:59

Condemn Targetting of Democratic Rights Activists' Team inquiring into Seshachalam Killings

 Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the slapping of cases against activists of a team of several civil liberties and democratic rights organisations from across the country who conducted a fact-finding into the recent killings of 20 red sanders "smugglers" in Chittoor district. Members of CDRO (Committee of Democratic Rights) and other human rights groups had visited the two 'encounter' sites on 10th April.


Apr 08 18:15

Condemn cold-blooded murder of five under-trial prisoners by Telengana Police

PUDR notes with deep concern the news report regarding the encounter killing of 5 under-trial prisoners near Alair in Nalgonda district, Telengana on 7th April 2015. The incident occurred on a busy highway in the middle of the morning when the prisoners were being taken from Warangal jail to a Hyderabad court. According to IGP Warangal, Naveen Chand, the police convoy of three vehicles made an unscheduled halt at the request of under-trial prisoner, Vikaruddin Ahmed.


Apr 02 20:16

Condemn attacks on Political Prisoners in Nagpur and Madurai Central jails

 PUDR strongly condemns the recent attacks by police and jail officials on undertrial political prisoners, Hem Mishra and Vivekananda, in Nagpur and Madurai Central prisons, respectively. On 20 March 2015, when Hem Mishra was being taken to the Government Medical Hospital for treatment, he was beaten up by the police because he demanded that he be freed of handcuffs. The police assaulted him, tore off his shirt and threatened to ‘see’ him.


Latest Publications


Mar 24 14:50

युद्ध-क्षेत्र में आदिवासी जिंदगियाँ : बीजापुर के गावों में सुरक्षा कैंप के बीच असुक्षित जीवन

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दिसंबर 2014  में पी. यू. डी. आर. का एक जांच दल छत्तीसगढ़ के बीजापुर जिले के 9  गांवों  में गया.


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

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.