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 Oct 2017
Right to protest has been coming under attack under one or other pretext. Earlier public order was the way in which our right to protest was curtailed by imposing IPC Section 144 on large parts of the Delhi city to prevent gathering of more than five persons. People were also confined to a small physical area, limiting the means and impact of resistance. Now, public health concerns are being invoked to throttle...
10 Oct 2017
People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) expresses grave concern at the increasing incidents of violent attacks and gang wars in jail which severely threaten the life and security of the inmates. The Tihar jail authorities have faltered in fulfilling their responsibility of ensuring a safe atmosphere by failing to keep in check violent conflicts among prisoners, the brunt of which is being borne by those inmates...
15 Sep 2017
PUDR condemns the arrest of peasant leader and RTI activist, Akhil Gogoi on charges of sedition and waging war by Assam police. Gogoi’s arrest is yet again a glaring example of the state’s frenzy in crushing political opposition by the use of repressive laws. Gogoi as the President of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) had been at the forefront in leading agitations against displacement of the poor in the name...
10 Sep 2017
पीयूडीआर पत्रकार गौरी लंकेश की हत्या की कड़ी निंदा करता है | ‘गौरी लंकेश पत्रिका’ की संपादक लंकेश की 5 सितंबर को बेंगलुरु में उनके घर के बाहर गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी गई | कन्नड़ भाषा में प्रकाशित इस पत्रिका के माध्यम से गौरी लगातार जाति व्यवस्था, अंधविश्वास, कट्टरपंथी हिंदुत्ववाद, फासीवाद, भ्रष्टाचार और लिंग आधारित भेदभाव आदि के खिलाफ लिखती आईं थीं | उनके लेखन में वे सीधा बीजेपी, आरएसएस और इनसे जुड़े संगठनों और नेताओं...
23 Aug 2017
An 18 members team, consisting of 7 organisations belonging to the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) visited Nagar Nar and met leaders of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) unions working in National Mineral Development Council’s (NMDC) Nagar Nar Steel Plant and listened about their long drawn struggle against privatisation of this plant....
22 Aug 2017
‘मेक इन इण्डिया’ अभियान और बहुराष्ट्रीय कम्पनियों को भारत में निर्माण करने के लिए न्यौता देने से रोज़गार पैदा होने के इसके दावे को काम के भयावह और अमानवीय ‘अवसरों’ के रूप में देखा गया है जिसका प्रत्यक्ष उदाहरण वीवो इण्डिया प्राइवेट लिमिटेड है। वीवो कम्पनी एक चीनी स्मार्टफ़ोन निर्माता कम्पनी है जिसका भारतीय बाज़ार में प्रवेश दिसम्बर 2015 में ‘मेक इन इण्डिया’ कार्यक्रम के तहत हुआ था और यह इण्डियन प्रीमियर लीग 2017 की...
21 Aug 2017
कोर्डिनेशन ऑफ डेमोक्रेटिक राइट्स ऑर्गेनाइजेशन (सीडीआरओ) के 18 सदस्यीय टीम जांच के लिए बीते हफ्ते बस्तर के दौरे पर आई थी। टीम इसी साल नगरनार स्टील प्लांट के निजीकरण, पालनार कन्या छात्रावास में 16 छात्राओं (नाबालिग) के साथ छेड़-छाड़ व लैंगिक हिंसा एवं बुर्कापाल के ग्रामवासियों के ऊपर सीआरपीएफ एवं पुलिस ज्यादतियों की खबरों की पुष्टि व तथ्य इक्ट्ठा करने की उद्देश्य से आई थी।  बस्तर में आदिवासी-किसानों की जमीन...
19 Aug 2017
People’s Union for Democratic rights Press Statement 19 August 2017   Supreme Court Admits Plea Against the Army in Pathribal killings   PUDR welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to examine a plea filed by the family of five civilians killed in a fake encounter in Pathribal, Kashmir in 2000. The notice issued by SC follows the closure of the Pathribal case by the Army and the...
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...

Latest Publications

08 Aug 2017
On 5th May 2017, an incident of attack on Dalits by the Rajputs occurred in the village Shabbirpur, located near Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. During the attack a youth from the Rajput community died, 13 Dalits were grievously injured, more than 40 Dalit houses were burnt, some of their shops looted and burnt. The incident was widely reported in the media as an incident of caste violence between the Rajputs and the Dalits, where 25 houses of Dalits were set...
31 May 2017
गढ़चिरोली सत्र न्यायालय में चले मुकदमे का फैसला, जिसमें पाँच लोगों, जी.एन.साईबाबा, महेश तिरकी, पांडू नरोटे, प्रशांत राही और हेम मिश्रा को आजीवन कारावास और विजय तिरकी को 10 साल की कैद की सज़ा सुनाई गई है, एक विचारधारा और नृशंस यू.ए.पी.ए. कानून द्वारा प्रतिबंधित संगठन के राजनैतिक अभियोजन का स्पष्ट उदाहरण है। इन छः अभियुक्तों को एक प्रतिबंधित संगठन सी.पी.आई. (माओवादी) का सदस्य होने का अपराधी ठहराया गया है और इसलिए उन्हें राजसत्ता के खिलाफ ‘षड़यंत्र’ करने का...
25 May 2017
The trial and conviction of six persons by the Court of Sessions Judge, Gadchiroli, sentencing GN Saibaba, Maheshi Tirki, Pandu Narote, Prashant Rahi and Hem Mishra, to life imprisonment and Vijay Tirki to ten years, is an unconcealed example of a political trial of an ideology and an organization under the draconian UAPA. The six accused have been convicted for being members of the banned organization, the CPI (Maoist), hence held guilty for conspiracy...