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

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.  ....
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Presentation: Child Marriage in Odisha

Child 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.   ....
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New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Negligence, Mistreatment and Corruption at Lohia Hospital, UP

Issues, 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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New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: Conditions of Chimonger PHC, Nagaland

Nagaland, Quality of Care, Report, Research and Fact Finding

Nagaland is one of the most underserved states in India when it comes to public health, with an alarming lack of ambulances, poor road conditions making access to hospitals almost impossible for those in rural areas, and little to no appropriate medical facilities. HRLN's unit in Nagaland conducted a ....
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New HRLN Fact-Finding Report: The Role of ASHAs in the Delivery of Contraceptive Information and Services

Access to Contraceptives, Delhi, HIV & AIDS, New Delhi, Research and Fact Finding

In July 2017, HRLN researchers visited several districts in Delhi to uncover more about ASHA workers and their delivery of contraceptive information and services, particularly the doorstep delivery scheme that was rolled out by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as part of the National Health Mission in ....
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