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Futility of Capital Punishment

The judgment on the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape case awarding death penalty to all four accused seems to have brought finality to the cries for justice. While this judgment is found to be in consonance with the majority’s demand, Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) yet again reaffirms...

Criminalising Dissent

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) unequivocally condemns the undemocratic ways of the Odisha government in trying to further corporate interests under the rhetoric of deve­lopment, subjecting the locals to repression, displacement and a threat to survival. The arrest of Abhay Sahu, leader...

Suppressing Protest

We are witnessing a different “culture of democracy” where the right to protest is increasingly becoming not just an empty notion, in fact, protest itself is being turned into an offence. The recent mass arrest of members and activists of 17 peasant and worker organisations in Punjab as a...

Throttling Freedom in Kashmir

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the imposition of curfew accompanied by a blanket gag on all media, including television, print and online, in the Kashmir Valley following the hanging of Afzal Guru on 9 February. On 9 February, Kashmir Valley was placed under a pre-...

Welcome Report on Kashmir

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) welcomes the release of the study “Alleged Perpetrators” by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir (IPTK) and the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on the culture of impunity,...

Arrest of APCLC Activists

The arrest of activists of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh is yet another sign of the muzzling of democratic voices of protest and erosion of the democratic space. On 27 September, leading activists of APCLC, Chiluka Chandra­sekar (general...

Noor Mohammed Bhatt

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses its concern at the arrest of Noor Mohammed Bhatt, lecturer of English at Gandhi Memorial College, by the J&K police on 9 December 2010 under S 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and S 153 of RPC for setting an examination question paper...

Statement on Ayodhya Verdict -II

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is deeply disturbed by the underlying basis for the majority view of the three-judge bench in the Ayodhya case. One of the three judges held that the part of the disputed area is the “place of birth of Lord Ram as per faith and belief of the Hindus” (...

When Will the State Learn?

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights strongly condemns the 13 September bloodbath in which 17 persons were shot dead by Indian security forces and 131 injured in different parts of the Kashmir Valley. Although, the protests were organised in response to the alleged burning of the Koran in the...

Worker Deaths

Hundred and nine workers have died so far in the construction sites of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), according to an affidavit submitted by Metro autho rities to the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR). The list of figures was released on 1 September in the hearing on the public...

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is a piece of legislation whose purpose is far removed from any notion of justice. This law is designed to give the state limitless power to choose the group, the section, and the political opinion that it wishes to describe as criminal and to attack...

Killing of Azad and Hemchandra Pandey

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the killing of Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and a freelance journalist Hemchandra Pandey in Adilabad District of Andhra Pradesh on 2 July 2010. It has been claimed by the Andhra Pradesh police that Azad and one Sahadeva were killed...

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