Press Statements

Expulsion of Mahua Moitra: Silencing dissent, Against principles of natural justice, Reinstate her NOW!

13 Dec, 2023

The PUCL condemns the decision of the Lok Sabha to expel TMC Member of parliament, Mahua Moitra for allegedly accepting cash for asking questions in parliament as being rife with procedural irregularities and substantively unjust. The decision of the house to expel Moitra by a legally untenable voice vote was based on the report o...

Bal Mukundacharya, Rajasthan MLA-elect: Refrain from threats to meat sellers

04 Dec, 2023

Jaipur No need for MLA-elect to engage in ‘direct action’ against meat sellers Steer clear of disturbing public peace by attacking dietary practices The newly elected MLA from Hawa Mahal, Bal Mukundacharya, has not even been sworn into office yet and he has already issued threats to meat sellers who he claims operate “illega...

PUCL Maharashtra - Democracy demands that right to protest be protected not punished!

19 Nov, 2023

PUCL MAHARASHTRA STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE ILLEGAL DETENTION OF PEACEFUL PROTESTORS, HARASSMENT AND FILING OF CRIMINAL CASES AGAINST 13 PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH A PEACEFUL PRAYER GATHERING IN MUMBAI TO COMMEMORATE THE CHILDREN KILLED IN PALESTINE ON THE OCCASION OF CHILDREN’S DAY People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Mahar...

PUCL Rajasthan - Condemn Killing of Prisoner in Bikaner Jail

15 Nov, 2023

The killing of Prisoner in Bikaner Jail a Black Spot on the Rajasthan Home Department Demands independent Enquiry into the incident. Compensation of Rs 50 lakhs to Sajid’s family Appointments of Psychiatrists and Clinical psychologists in jail Appointment of all deficit prison staff The PUCL condemns the Government of Rajastha...

CONDEMN THE ONGOING GENOCIDAL WAR WAGED BY ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINIAN CITIZENS!

01 Nov, 2023

Demand Immediate Ceasefire and Unhindered Humanitarian Aid PUCL strongly condemns the genocidal violence and crimes against humanity perpetuated against Palestinians by Israeli forces in the Gaza strip and the occupied Palestine territory. The spectacle of mass destruction and the illegal killings of civilians being played before ...

Marriage Equality Judgment not on constitutional morality: “Disappointing, But the fight will go on …."

20 Oct, 2023

Consensus by five judges: Right to Marry not a fundamental right per se: a departure from international law The PUCL expresses its deep disappointment with respect to the verdict of the Supreme Court in `Supriyo v Union of India’ denying the right to marry to the LGBTQI community. While there were four opinions among the five ju...

PUCL Maharashtra condemns the arrest of two Mumbai activists by Mankhurd Police

14 Oct, 2023

Democracy demands that right to protest be protected, not brutalized and punished! PUCL Maharashtra condemns the arrest of two young Mumbai activists, Ruchir and Supreeth by the Mankhurd Police last night, in connection with a protest against the Israeli government’s ongoing violent attacks impacting civilians in Palestine, in l...

Withdraw the prosecution against Arundhati Roy & Showkat Ali

12 Oct, 2023

Dissent is the beating heart of a democracy PUCL: Withdraw the prosecution against Arundhati Roy & Showkat Ali The PUCL condemns the decision of the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Vinay Kumar Saxena to grant Delhi Police sanction to prosecute writer Arundhati Roy and Sheikh Showkat Hussain, (former Professor of International Law at...

PUCL Condemns NIA Raids on Human Rights Defenders and Rights Organisation in AP and Telangana on 2nd October, 2023

03 Oct, 2023

Dissent is a symbol of a vibrant Democracy: Don’t muzzle and persecute voices of opposition! PUCL strongly condemns and deplores the raids by NIA officials on 02nd October, 2023 at 62 locations across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states and the arrest of one person in Sri Sathya Sai district, as being nothing but a witch hunt o...

Condemn Police Raids on Journalists and Media Houses: Stop Criminalising Journalists and Intimidating the Media!

03 Oct, 2023

The PUCL strongly condemns the raid on houses and offices of journalists, commentators and activists connected with Newsclick and other media professionals. It is shocking that the police is investigating a case under draconian terror sections 13,16, 17, 18 and 22C of the UAPA and sec. 153 (A) (hate speech) and 120 (B) (conspiracy...