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

11 Aug 2017
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS Condemn Exploitation and Harassment of Workers at Vivo India Pvt. Ltd Press Statement 10.8.2017 The ‘Make in India’ drive and its claim of generating employment by getting multi-national companies to manufacture in India is characterized by appalling and inhuman work ‘opportunities’ of which the Vivo India Pvt Ltd is a glaring example. Vivo Company is a Chinese...
28 Jul 2017
News reports of 27.07.2017 state that an Armed Forces Tribunal has suspended the life sentences awarded by a General Court Martial in 2014 and which were confirmed in 2015, to five army personnel for the killings of three Kashmiri civilians in April 2010, at Machil. The reason for suspension rests on presentation of ‘facts’ which have allegedly broken the chain of evidence established in the GCM. Bashir Ahmad Lone,...
24 Jul 2017
PUDR investigated the aftermath of July 12, 2017, when Zohra Bibi, a domestic worker in Noida’s Mahagun Moderne, was severely beaten up and later went missing from her employer’s flat after allegations of theft were leveled against her. Subsequently, the local police, administration, Resident Welfare Association, as well as the MP and BJP minister Mahesh Sharma have been complicit in unleashing the combined might of...
28 Jun 2017
President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee rejected five more mercy petitions between 25th and 26th May, 2017. With his current rejections, he has achieved 42 rejections and seven acceptances of mercy petitions during his tenure. There has been marked increase in rejections of mercy petitions in recent years, especially, after Mr. Pranab Mukherjee assumed office in 2012, former Presidents have chosen to exercise “...
27 Jun 2017
PUDR remembers the significant contribution of Justice P.N. Bhagwati to the cause of furthering and protecting fundamental and democratic rights of citizens, in his death on 15 June 2017. In his years as a judge, especially through the 1980s, Justice Bhagwati along with Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, introduced Public Interest Litigation on a substantive scale in India, and the thrust of many of his judgments was to...
23 Jun 2017
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation strongly condemns the arrest of three mine workers Rabi Murmu, Abhimanyu Mohanto and Ramesh Majhi on June 12, 2017 on false and fabricated charges of conspiring to wage a war against the Indian state and inciting violence. We understand this arrest and the imposition of severe charges as an attempt by the ruling BJD and BC Mohanty & Sons, the company operating the...
10 Jun 2017
पीयूडीआर आइसीन ऑटोमोटिव हरियाणा प्राइवेट लिमिटेड कंपनी के संघर्षरत मज़दूरों के खिलाफ दर्ज मुक़दमे एवं गिरफ्तारी की निंदा करता है| पिछले कुछ महीनों से मजदूर अपनी यूनियन पंजीकृत करवाने के लिए और मैनेजमेंट से अपने काम की परिस्थितियों से सम्बंधित मांगों को लेकर संघर्षरत हैं | 31 मई 2017 को कंपनी के गेट पर बीते कईं दिनों से शांतिपूर्वक प्रदर्शन कर रहे मज़दूरों पर पुलिस ने मैनेजमेंट की शिकायत पर पहले लाठी चार्ज किया फिर...
05 Jun 2017
COORDINATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS - PRESS RELEASE - 5th June 2017 Civil liberties and Democratic Rights organizations have for long argued that using Indian Army to prosecute war against our own people is to fight an ignoble war, because such wars are Dirty Wars under the very definition of Counter Insurgency warfare where our own people are treated as enemies to be suppressed by using military...
23 May 2017
PUDR strongly condemns the commendation conferred on Major Leetul Gogoi by none less than the Army Chief for taking Farooq Dar hostage, tying Dar to the front of his jeep allegedly to ward off attacking stone-pelters, and then driving around for several hours to warn people that a similar fate awaited them. The incident where Dar was used as a human shield occurred in Budgam district in Kashmir  on ...
11 May 2017
On 5th May, 2017 the Supreme Court upheld the High Court judgement giving death penalty to the four accused in the ‘Nirbhaya’ case ie the brutal gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh on December 16, 2012. The trial and conviction of the guilty in a time bound manner within  four and a half years, is a welcome step in the context of the frequent denials of justice to victims of sexual assault. However the...
09 May 2017
CDRO expresses deep concern about the intensifying repression on the Dongria Kondhos of Niyamgiri mountains whose sustained resistance against bauxite mining is a fight for their survival and livelihood. CDRO condemns the midnight raid of the CRPF on the night of May 1, 2017 and the illegal and arbitrary manner in which 20-year old Kuni Sikaka was forcibly taken to the police station in the absence of women police...
03 May 2017
Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) Press Statement 3rd May, 2017   Wanted! A Responsible Government Reflecting on the Sukma Attack   The Maoist attack of 24th April  in Burkapal village in  Sukma District which  left 25 CRPF jawans  and at least one Maoist dead is the latest  instance in  the cycle of violence and counter-violence...
26 Apr 2017
Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations denounces Government of India and its Law officer for being parsimonious in their espousal of wisdom. Ignorance of law is not counted as an excuse or exonerates a citizen from being prosecuted for commission of a crime. But alarm bells must be sounded when the highest legal officer of Government of India, who is meant to uphold law, the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi...
25 Apr 2017
Services of over seven hundred workers of an automobile parts manufacturing company, Omax Auto Ltd., Dharuhera, were terminated illegally on 1st February, 2017 without any prior notice. Of these around 400 contract workers were shifted to other units of the company, the rest, supposedly regular workers, who have been working with the company for 12-22 years are rendered jobless. Unable to bear the shock and the...
12 Apr 2017
PEOPLE’S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS (PUDR) Press Statement 12th April, 2017 Condemn the brutality in Panjab University and organized attack on institutions of higher education Protest by students of Panjab University (PU) against unprecedented fee hike witnessed brutal lathicharge and usage of tear gas as crowd dispersal method leaving 4 students critically injured. Photojournalists covering the...

Latest Publications

14 Aug 2017
5 मई 2017 को शब्बीरपुर गाँव, जिला सहारनपुर उत्तर प्रदेश, में राजपूतों द्वारा दलितों पर हमले की एक घटना हुई। इस हिंसा के दौरान एक राजपूत युवक की मृत्यु हो गई थी, 13 दलित लोग गंभीर रूप से घायल हुए थे, 40 दलित घरों को जला दिया गया था व दलितों की कुछ दुकानों को लूटा और जलाया गया था। मीडिया ने इस हिंसक घटना को राजपूतों और दलितों के बीच हुई हिंसा-प्रतिहिंसा के तौर पर रिपोर्ट किया। पी.यू.डी.आर. (पीपल्स यूनियन फॉर डैमोक्रैटिक राइट्स) की एक टीम ने सहारनपुर जिले...
12 Aug 2017
जब से भारतीय जनता पार्टी की सरकार केंद्र में सत्ता में आई है तब से गौवंश के लिए सतर्कता की बढ़ती घटनाएं और गौ वध आरै गौ मांस (बीफ) बंदी से संबंधित कानूनों से छेड़छाड़ की खबरें लगातार सुर्खियां में हैं। गौ रक्षा के प्रत्यक्ष रूप से सांप्रदायिक व जातीय एजेंडा से होने वाली हिंसा के शिकार अकसर वे लोग हो रहे हैं जो या तो मवेशी व्यापारी हैं या किसी भी तरह बीफ खरीदने, खाने या इसकी ढुलाई करने से जुड़े हैं, इनमें से अधिकांश मुसलमान व दलित हैं। प्रेस में इन भयानक...
12 Aug 2017
The increasing instances of cow vigilantism and legal interpolations related to beef ban and cow slaughter have been making news from the time Bhartiya Janata Party led Central Government came to power. The overtly communal and casteist agenda of cow protectionism has often resulted in violence on cattle-traders and others involved in the sale, transport or consumption of beef in any way, with the majority of those attacked being Muslims and Dalits. While...
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