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Army Atrocities in Meghalaya

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) strongly condemns the continuing army atrocities in the name of combing operations in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills. While Meghalaya is not notified as a “disturbed area,” and the writ of the army does not run large there, the Armed Forces (Special...

UAPA: Political Vendetta

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) unequivocally condemns the judgment of the Midnapore (West Bengal) District and Sessions Court on 12 May 2015, which convicted Chatradhar Mahato, spokesperson of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) of Lalgarh, along with...

Silencing Democratic Voices

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) strongly condemn the arrest of Prashant Rahi and Hem Mishra, accusing them of Naxal links. Though the exact date of Hem Mishra’s arrest is yet to be ascertained, he was most probably picked up by the police around 15 August. Prashant Rahi,...

J & K Police Bill

Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) denounces the draft Jammu and Kashmir Police Bill 2013, prepared by senior police officers of the Home Department of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The draft bill was put up for public comments on 14 February for a fortnight, at a time when the...

Stop Incarcerating Activists

For a long time now, the Jharkhand government has been avoiding confrontation with people’s issues. Any struggle or protest that takes place today in Jharkhand is automatically viewed as one which is anti-state. Whether the issue is one related to displacement or of resource grabbing or even...

Facebook Users

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the arrest of two users of Facebook, Shaheen Dhada who questioned the total shutdown of Mumbai for Bal Thackeray’s ­funeral on 18 November 2012, and Renu Shrinivasan, who indicated that she agrees with the post. Though they have been...

On Bus Rapid Transport

People’s Union for Democratic Rights welcomes the 18 October Delhi High Court judgment by justice Pradeep Nand­rajog and justice Manmohan Singh on the Delhi Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) ­system. The judgment rejected a public ­interest litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Nyaya Bhoomi, that demanded the...

Police High-handedness at Maruti

Based upon its preliminary investigation, the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) asserts that instead of a thorough investigation into the alleged murder of Awanish Dev, human resources (HR) manager, Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant on 18 July 2012, the Haryana police have been responsible...

Militarisation of Maruti Workplace

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is deeply concerned at the new turn in the saga of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ struggle against the management and owners of the company. The company has announced that it will set up a special force of security personnel comprising 100 ex-servicemen inside...

What Price Protest?

In the past few months, parts of north-west India have witnessed incidents of dalit assertion of their rights related to access to resources and to a life of dignity. This has, in all cases, met with retaliation by the dominant castes. After the Hisar incident, where hundreds of dalits from Bhagana...

Criminalising Protest

Shut the voices that do not speak for them: that is what all non-democratic regimes do. And that happens in demo­cracies too. Or at least it happens in India which makes high claims of its democracy. Sometimes it is done through the state machinery like the police and the armed forces, at other...

Bhagana Dalits

Fifty dalit men have been sitting on dharna in New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar from 2 July. They are here for an indefinite period till they get justice. They have marched to Delhi on foot in the hot summer, having left Hisar town in Haryana on 27 June. These men are part of the same 70 dalit families...

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