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

A Fact-Finding Report on Surrogacy in Anand

Maternal Health, Research and Fact Finding

In April 2012, a Human Rights Law Network (“HRLN”) fact-finding team (“the team”) visited various villages outside of Anand, Gujarat to investigate the status of the Indian surrogacy industry.   There, the team met with a variety of players in the surrogacy industry.  The team interviewed numerous former and current surrogates, ....
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Follow Up Fact-Finding Report: Priya Kale vs. GNCT of Delhi and Ors

Maternal Health, New Delhi, Research and Fact Finding

To determine whether the Respondents were complying with the Hon’ble High Court’s orders, issued 1st February 2013 in Priya Kale vs. Government of NCT Delhi and Ors., W.P. (C) 641/2013, a Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) fact-finding team of social activists and the concerned advocate (hereafter “the team”) visited ....
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Fact-Finding Report on Compliance with National Sterilization Guidelines – Sterilization Camp in Kawi Village

Haryana, Research and Fact Finding, Sterilisation

In March 2008, the government of India’s Family Planning Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued guidelines for sterilization services in camps.  All sterilization camps in the country must abide by these guidelines.  A team of health rights activists visited the Primary Health Centre (PHC) in ....
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Fact finding report on Poor quality of health care and services: A case study of North Cachar district, Assam

Haryana, Maternal Health, Research and Fact Finding

The fact finding is conducted in Assam which has the highest number of maternal deaths in the country. The social, economic and institutional failure leads to increasing rate of maternal mortality and morbidity. There are many international conventions which relate to Right to Health and India being a party to ....
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Visit to Matritva Chaya Shelter Home for Pregnant and Lactating Women, Jahangir Puri

Maternal Health, New Delhi, Research and Fact Finding

A team from Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) comprised of Abhiti Gupta and Briana Olson, (hereafter “the team”) visited Matritva Chaya Shelter Home (hereafter “the shelter home”) on the mornings of 7th and 11th March 2013 to determine its functionality, capacity, and current use. The shelter home is not centrally ....
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