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

Situational Analysis of Child Marriage in Haryana: Fact Finding Report

Child Marriage, Research and Fact Finding

Child marriage, defined as marriage before the age of 18, is a reality for both boys and girls, although girls are disproportionately the most affected. It is a human rights violation and has a negative impact on physical growth, health, mental and emotional development, and education opportunities. ....
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Infant Death in Jagdalpur, Bastar: Fact-Finding Mission to Bastar District, Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh, Research and Fact Finding, Update

India has the highest number of child deaths in the world, with an estimated 1.2 million deaths in 2015 — 20 per cent of the 5.9 million global deaths. In the relatively new state of Chhattisgarh, formed in 2000 by carving out 16 Chhattisgarhi-speaking south-eastern districts from ....
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Post-Partum coercive intra-uterine device: Fact Finding, Delhi

Research and Fact Finding

Population growth is a concern for the Indian government. This has led to a practice, of forceful insertion of IUD as a birth control device. This report looks at this practice and the experience women have had in particular areas of Delhi. Many hospitals in India routinely insert IUDs, with ....
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Report on out of pocket expenditure: A study in the slums of Delhi

Research and Fact Finding

India accounts for a large amount out-of-pocket expenditure pushing almost 40 out of 100 patients under poverty line after treatment simply because health services are extremely expensive in India (National Sample Survey). Almost 70% of income goes into buying medicines and health checkups. India is lowest when it comes ....
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Sanitation in slum cluster

Research and Fact Finding

Public hygiene is one of our country’s great problems. Fixing dreadful sanitation in India requires not just building lavatories but also changing habits. Appalling situations of housing, sanitation, civic amenities, education, lack access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation facilities and health abound in urban slum clusters of Delhi. The ....
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