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: 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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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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