Welcome to PPR

PPR puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. We support marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.

Located in Belfast, PPR supports groups in using our unique Human Rights Based Approach to tackle the issues challenging them. The groups launch campaigns which measure success when change is seen on the ground, not when government makes a commitment.

Successes include the establishment of a new appointment system for mental health patients attending A&E across Northern Ireland, re-housing families from run-down tower blocks, and re-negotiation of regeneration plans from which residents have been excluded.

Our results demonstrate that people in the most deprived communities have valuable expertise about the problems they face, and how they can be remedied.  PPR groups aim to harness this expertise to make the government decision making processes that exclude them more participative and accountable.

Our work is showing that this approach leads to better outcomes, long-lasting change, and has the potential for widespread replication.

Latest News

PPR Groups Work Praised by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins Sticky

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has praised the work of PPR and its groups during a lecture delivered to the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin last week.
In his lecture, entitled 'The Human Rights Discourse - Some issues of source and prospects for achievement' President Higgins spoke particularly of PPR groups' use of human rights indicators and the recognition accorded to their work by the United Nations in their publication 'Human Rights Indicators - A Guide to Measurement and Implementation' in November 2012

Commissioner for Children says North Belfast high rise housing is not good enough Sticky

Following last week’s launch of PPR's 'Equality Can’t Wait' report, which chronicles ten years of failed housing policy and religious inequality in North Belfast, families living in high rise social housing in north Belfast’s Seven Towers and Harborview Apartments took the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, on a visit to both housing complexes this week.

PPR highlight concerns about the discriminatory impact of DSD proposals to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

"...the [Housing] Executive should give due consideration to whether a homeless person's behaviour is a consequence of their homelessness, or is due to the fact that they may be an unsuitable tenant..."

(DSD Proposed Housing (Anti-Social Behaviour) Bill (Northern Ireland) Consultation document 2013)

Belfast Mental Health Rights Group Receives Stephen Pittam Award

The innovative and inspiring work of the Belfast Mental Health Rights Group has been formally recognised in the decision to jointly award them the first ever Stephen Pittam Social Justice Award.

PPR fundraisers dive and run for the Inez McCormack Fund

Joanna Wozniak, member of the Belfast Mental Health Rights Group and Seán Brady, Development Worker at PPR have raised much needed funds for the Inez McCormack Fund.

PPR Launch Housing Inequality Report

An alarming report released today by the Participation and the Practice of Rights organisation (PPR), entitled ‘Equality Can’t Wait’, evidences how a series of Ministerial, statutory and council failures have compounded religious inequality in housing across North Belfast.

Making Human Rights Matter to the Marginalised

The article below was published on the OpenGlobalRights website on the 12th August in response to their call for articles on the subject of Emerging Powers and Human Rights

Inez McCormack Awarded Honorary Doctorate from University of Ulster

PPR founder, and pioneering human rights and trade union activist Inez McCormack will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) from the University of Ulster tomorrow, Tuesday 9 July 2013.

Inez McCormack passed away in January 2013 after a short illness. The Degree, which had been presented in a private ceremony to Inez, will be awarded formally to her husband Vinny at a graduation ceremony at Millennium Forum in Derry, where Inez lived for the last 12 years of her life.

Commenting, Vinny McCormack said:

PPR express concern over NIHE EQIA on changes to the Housing Selection Scheme

PPR have expressed serious concerns around plans to change the Housing Selection Scheme in a response to a Northern Ireland Housing Executive Equality Impact Assessment on the policy. 

PPR response to the announcement that 60 homes are to be built at the former Girdwood Barracks site in North Belfast

“Any decision on housing in north Belfast has to evidence how it will concretely address the inequality experienced, in this case, by the Catholic community. Attempting to build good relations on the basis of denying the needs, frustrating the rights, and silencing the voices of the poorest is wrong in itself as it is destructive to the goal of building a shared future.”

Inez McCormack, May 2012


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