Serious human rights violations occur across the world on a daily basis, yet very few, if any, are reported, either in the international media, academia or in the public sphere more generally. Fact finding missions allow for these violations to be documented and publicised and therefore create a space where human rights violations can be exposed and hopefully, in the future, prevented.
The activists from the Initiative on a fact finding mission to Chhattisgarh
Undertaking fact finding missions is a key strategy of the Reproductive Rights Initiative. The Initiative has conducted numerous fact findings in thirteen Indian states since 2011. Fact finding reports are used by the Initiative to support legal and social interventions on a wide range of reproductive and sexual rights. The Initiative has coordinated fact findings on subjects as diverse as the international surrogacy industry, child marriage, unsafe and unlawful sterilization and medical services available to pregnant and lactating homeless women. By working closely with local activists, advocates and NGOs, the Initiative ensures that its fact findings are as accurate, informative and reliable as possible. The Initiative has successfully utilised fact finding reports as evidence of human rights violations in the Indian courts and as advocacy tools to show the need for higher standards of reproductive and sexual rights.
Research & Fact-finding
New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Medical Negligence in Dindori District Hospital, Madhya PradeshIssues, Madhya Pradesh, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK
HRLN Researcher Monalisa Burman and intern Anusha Ravishankar travelled to Chulhapani Village in Dindori District, Madhya Pradesh, to investigate a severe case of medical negligence that resulted in a pregnant woman giving birth in a field. Samar Vati was denied services, slapped and abused by healthcare staff, and turned away from
HRLN publish new book on Child Marriage in IndiaChild Marriage, Issues, Publication, Publication, Research and Fact Finding, WORK
HRLN has just published its newest book on child marriage in India, the laws surrounding it, and case studies collected through fact findings. You can read the full copy of the publication below. This book is the result of a year of research missions in several states, as well
New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Availability of Services for Pregnant Women in Rajgarhali Tea Estate, AssamAssam, Issues, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK
In November 2017, researchers and social activists from HRLN visited the Rajgarhali Tea Estate in Tinsukia District, Assam, intending to investigate whether pregnant women and mothers were receiving their JSY entitlements. In many instances, nutrition and cash assistance was not being provided, and some women were not even aware of
New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: The Functionality of Anganwadi Centers in Tinsukia District, AssamAssam, Issues, Maternal Health, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK
In November 2017, a team of researchers and social activists from HRLN went to visit an Angwanwadi Center in Tinsukia District, Assam, and found highly disatisfactory conditions with dire consequences for women and infants. Read the full report below.
Presentation: Analysis of Reproductive Health in NagalandAccess to Contraceptives, Adolescents' Sexual Health and Rights, Consultations, Education, HIV & AIDS, Issues, Maternal Health, Nagaland, Presentations, Quality of Care, Report, Research and Fact Finding, Safe Abortion, WORK
HRLN held a state consultation in Nagaland regarding reproductive and sexual health rights in the state. During this, HRLN researcher Zahra Wynne delivered a presentation of an overview of reproductive rights issues within Nagaland. View the content of the presentation below.
- The fight to ban a ‘humiliating’ virginity test for newlyweds
- Times of India Interview with HRLN Bihar State Coordinator on Child Marriage
- Maharashtra Siblings Are Using WhatsApp To Campaign Against Virginity Tests In Kanjarbhat Community
- Female Genital Mutilation: India’s Dark Secret
- Despite Sterilization At Delhi Govt Clinic, Woman Gets Pregnant, Asks For Compensation