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

Indian Public Health Standards & Right to Health: A Case Study of Raga Primary Health Centre

Arunachal Pradesh, Maternal Health, Research and Fact Finding, Update

Amongst the various persisting health problems in India, one of the most pressing – both as a public health and as a human rights issue – is the lack of equal access to basic healthcare facilities. Despite a considerable progress, newly introduced government programmes and schemes ....
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Indian Public Health Standards & Right to Health: A Case Study of Ziro District Hospital

Arunachal Pradesh, Research and Fact Finding, Update

“For a middle-income country of its stature and level of development, the rate of maternal deaths in India is shocking, raising multiple human rights issues” ..Paul Hunt, Special Rapporteur, Mission to India One of India’s most remote States, Arunachal Pradesh is also one of ....
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Situational Analysis of Child Marriages in Assam

Assam, Child Marriage, Research and Fact Finding

The issue of child marriage is one of the emerging concerns among the developing countries. According to the 2001 census there are 1.5 million girls, in India, under the age of 15 already married. Ignorance, illiteracy, poor health, economic and social backwardness, social practices and ....
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Assessment of Implementation of Janani Suraksha Yojna

Assam, Maternal Health, Research and Fact Finding

Maternal death is one of the biggest issues of concern in India. To combat the increasing maternal mortality rate (MMR), and to provide basic primary health care delivery system in rural areas, Government of India (GOI) introduced National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2005 which is now ....
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Mother Forced to sell her baby – Chirang

Assam, Maternal Health, Research and Fact Finding

Even though Indian government has adopted schemes and program providing safe motherhood period to women but there is huge gap in the implementation of the schemes. One such instance we witness where a women was compelled to sell off her new born baby in order to pay her ....
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