People’s Union For Civil Liberties

People’s Union For Civil Liberties

People’s Union For Civil Liberties

About People's Union for Civil Liberties

People’s Union of Civil Liberties aims to bring together all those who are committed to the defence and promotion of civil liberties in India, irrespective of any differences which they may have in regard to political and economic institutions suitable for the country. PUCL strives to uphold and promote by peaceful means civil liberties and the democratic way of life throughout India.

PUCL Bulletin - February 2024 Edition

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In this month’s editorial, PUCL reflects on the constitutional implications of the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. We also recall how the sequence of events leading to the Supreme Court handing over the land on which Babri Masjid stood, for the construction of the Ram Temple, overlooked unlawful acts led by Hindutva organisations. Read the full article here.

PUCL Editorial (February 2024) – ​​Ayodhya Judgement: The struggle of remembering against forgetting

Press Statements

Jul 05, 2024

Condemn the Defamation of Medha Patkar for defamation, Repea...

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Mar 29, 2024

Mukhtar Ansari's death case is prima facie suspect, high-lev...

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Campaigns

48 years since the Emergency
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National Campaign to Defend Democracy
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Our History

Human rights violations are not just stray or accidental incidents of police brutality or state excess; rather they have become widespread, systemic, and institutionalised. In such a climate, the need of the hour is for citizens to unite and reclaim their power to protest, to defend, and to oppose any actions that attack their fundamental human rights.

PUCL is the largest human rights organisation in the country, striving to defend civil liberties and human rights of all members of society.

1976
NATIONAL SEMINAR
A national seminar was held on October 17, 1976. It was inaugurated by Acharya JB Kripalani. The PUCLDR was a loosely organised group of people who were working with JP. V M Tarkunde was elected President and Krishna Kant General Secretary.
1977
EMERGENCY
The Emergency was lifted.
1977
JANATA PARTY WAS FOUNDED.
The Janata Party, formed with blessings of JP, came to power. A very large number of people who had worked with him assumed power at the centre and an impression started floating that now the liberties of the people were secure. The dynamic element in the PUCLDR subsided. Jaya Prakash Narayan died on October 8, 1979, after a prolonged kidney problem.
1980
ORGANISATION RECHRISTENED AS PUCL
The year 1980 saw the return of Indira Gandhi to power. A consensus emerged among civil liberties activists and various political parties that such an organisation should remain non-partisan. The organisation was re-christened as the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). The founding conference, held in November 1980, drafted and adopted the Constitution of the PUCL and made it a membership based organisation, aiming to have branches all over the country. The Constitution laid down that the members of a political party will not have the right to hold any office if they joined the organisation; the number of members, belonging to political parties, in the national or state executive committees shall not be more than 50% of the members of the National Council and the National Executive Committee respectively (and also the corresponding bodies at the state and local level). Not more than 10% shall be members of any single political party.
1980
MEMBERSHIP
In November 1980, a National Convention of civil rights workers converted the People's Union for Civil Liberties into a membership organisation. The National Convention elected Mr. V.M. Tarkunde as President and Mr. Arun Shourie as the General Secretary of PUCL. Since then the PUCL has undertaken work on several fronts-from commencing work towards preparing a new Prisons Act and Jail Manual under the leadership of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer to agitating on specific issues like the release of trade unionists arrested under the National Security Act in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the effort has been devoted to setting up State and Local Units which alone can effectively pursue specific issues.

Writings

The ECI and the 18th Lok Sabha Elections: Fiercely independe...

By PUCL Bulletin Editorial Board

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Can campaigns for free elections be run during elections? Su...

By Theleaflet.in

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Obituary Dr V Lakshminarayana, PUCL- Karnataka (5.15.1953-2...

By PUCL Karnataka

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Require transparency around use of EVMs from the Election Co...

By PUCL Maharashtra

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Complaint filed with SHO, Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur against Narend...

By Kavita Srivastava, Bhanwar Meghwanshi

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The Constitution under Threat: A tale of manifestoes...

By PUCL Bulletin Editorial Board

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Arrest of a sitting CM: Requiem for the `Rule of law’?...

By PUCL Bulletin Editorial Board

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Bulldozer Raj and the Constitutional Order: Why are the Cons...

By PUCL Bulletin Editorial Board

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Not in the Name of Gender Justice: Reflections on Uttarakhan...

By Saumya Uma

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Electoral bonds ruling: How SC balanced right to know with r...

By Arvind Narrain

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Judiciary Must Be Aware Of Unprecedented Constitutional Cris...

By Dr Mohan Gopal

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Reports

Imprisoned Resistance - 5th August And Its Aftermath

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Imprisoned and Unsafe: Prisoners and the Pandemic

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The Double Siege - News Media in the Time of Covid-19

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Broken Slates and Blank Screens - Education under a Lockdown.

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Criminalizing the Practise of Faith - A report by PUCL Karnataka on Hate Crimes against Christians in Karnataka

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UAPA: Criminalising Dissent And State Terror. Study of UAPA Abuse in India, 2009-2022

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Closing the Gates to Education, Violations of rights of Muslim women students in Karnataka

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Apnon ka Bahut Lagta Hai (Our Own Hurt Us the Most) - Centering Familial Violence in the lives of Queer and Trans Persons in the Marriage Equality Debates

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Inciting Disharmony in Educational institutions in Western Maharashtra

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In Action

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