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

R2W Group Host Belfast Mayor at Campaign Exhibition to Launch Latest Results Sticky

Yesterday (Tuesday 1st April 2014) the Mayor of Belfast Máirtín o’Muilleoir met with the Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) Group at the Golden Thread Art Gallery across from Corporation Street dole office.  The Mayor was also briefed on the results of the latest research that the Group has completed.

He commended the work of the Group on his visit and said:

PPR Alarmed by Proposed Changes to the Allocation of Social Housing Sticky

PPR's response to the Department for Social Development's ongoing consultation on research produced by academics at the University of Ulster and the University of Cambridge about a proposed overhaul of the system to allocate social housing, raises serious concerns. 

Parties unite to pass REAL JOBS NOW motion at Belfast City Hall Sticky

‘We have done our job. Now it’s time for council to do its job and deliver’ - Bertie

UN Rapporteur Report Calls for North Belfast Housing Inequality to be tackled Sticky

UN Special Rapporteur at the Seven Towers

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing today released the Report of her Official Mission to the UK. In the report, the Rapporteur Ms. Raquel Rolnik includes a section specifically on housing inequality that impacts the Catholic community in North Belfast, and calls for 'concerted efforts' to address the situation.

Ms. Rolnik states:

North Belfast residents bring UN backed housing campaign to Stormont scrutiny committee Sticky

Residents due to present evidence to Dolores Kelly MLA, Social Development Committee Representative

REAL JOBS NOW motion moves forward through City Hall Sticky

“The important work being done by the Right to Work: Right to Welfare Group in Belfast, Northern Ireland to hold the government accountable ... is crucial and should be praised as a promising practice to be followed”

What we achieved in 2013 Sticky

It was a busy year here at PPR. It was also very successful. Here's 13 things we achieved with our groups last year...

1. Launched the ground-breaking Equality Can't Wait report showing the failure of a range of public bodies to tackle religious inequality in social housing in North Belfast.

2. Our mental health group, the Belfast Mental Health Rights Group won the inaugural Steve Pittam Social Justice Award in November.

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
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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.

Nothing About Us, Without Us, Is For Us! Sticky

Lower Shankill Regeneration Board - Community Campaign for Economic and Social Rights Pays Off.

On Wednesday 1st June 2011 the new Minister for Social Development, Mr Nelson McCausland MLA, visited the Lower Shankill community and confirmed that the redevelopment of the area will commence in this financial year with the construction of 39 social and affordable homes in the centre of the estate. The social homes will be allocated to residents from the Lower Shankill whose homes are to be demolished due to poor conditions.

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