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
Modi’s cash transfer scheme for pregnant women shortsighted, healthcare quality needs attention firstAccess to Contraceptives, Adolescents' Sexual Health and Rights, Articles, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Child Marriage, Delhi, Issues, Maternal Health, Media Report, New Delhi, News, Odisha, Quality of Care, Report, Research and Fact Finding, WORK
By Maya Palit
On social media on 1 January, I came across many quips about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New Year’s Eve speech. “Judging from the speech, the happiest person in the country should be a 65-year-old pregnant farmer,” went one. These were, of course, prompted by Modi’s promise to introduce a
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.
Presentation: Contraceptive Information and Services in India (2017)Access to Contraceptives, Consultations, Education, Issues, Nagaland, Presentations, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK
HRLN held a state consultation on reproductive and sexual health rights in Kohima, Nagaland, in June 2017. During the consultation, HRLN researcher Zahra Wynne delivered a situational analysis on contraceptive information and services in India. View the content of the presentation below.
Presentation: Child Marriage in OdishaChild Marriage, Education, Issues, Odisha, Presentations, Research and Fact Finding, States, WORK
During a judicial colloquium that HRLN held jointly with the Odisha Judicial Academy, Zahra Wynne, a researcher with HRLN, delivered a presentation on child marriage in Odisha. View the presentation content below.
New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Negligence, Mistreatment and Corruption at Lohia Hospital, UPIssues, Maternal Health, Publication, Publication, Quality of Care, Research and Fact Finding, States, Uttar Pradesh, WORK
HRLN's researchers recently visited a Government Hospital in the Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh; Lohia Hospital. Dozens of children have died between July and August 2017 due to negligence within the hospital – a grim reflection of the shocking Gorakhpur incident of August 2017. During our research, we found
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