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

Tuistí and Tuaiscirt - the power of people working together to defend and promote rights Sticky

Tuistí an Tuaiscirt, a group of north Belfast parents have been campaigning for the provision of transport for 122 students attending the only post-primary Irish medium school in Northern Ireland, are hopeful that a proposal brought forward by the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd MLA can lead to a resolution of this long standing issue.

Charter launched by Homeless Action Sticky

Charter outlines ‘four simple steps’ to start fixing a system that “is not working”.

Homeless Action – a group of people experiencing homelessness in Northern Ireland – staged the launch of their ‘Homeless Action Charter’ outside the offices of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) today (16th September 2014).

New Mental Health Rights Campaign Launched Sticky

A new mental health rights campaign has been launched by groups in response to the outcome of a recent survey which revealed that 9 out of 10 mental health service users and their carers don’t have enough information about where to go for help when in mental health crisis (March 2014).

As one person who was surveyed put it: “There are people out there who are not well and they don’t know where to go”

Tuistí an Tuaiscirt Report: Departmental transport policy is obstructing development of Irish medium education Sticky

A research report released today, produced by Tuistí an Tuaiscirt and in association with PPR, reveals that despite commiutments in the Good Friday Agreement and a successful judicial review in 2011, the Minister for Education's ongoing refusal to provide public transport for north Belfast students to the only Irish medium post-primary school in NI is preventing the development of the sector.

Experiences at Emergency Departments shared with Human Rights Commission Inquiry Sticky

PPR's submission to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Inquiry into emergency health care highlights the serious and systemic problems with mental health service design and delivery at A&E settings in Northern Ireland which have consistently failed the most vulnerable.

Financial sanctions: making the invisible visible - Unemployed group meets Belfast’s new Mayor Sticky

Last week, the Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) group met with new Belfast Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon, to discuss the ongoing failure by the Executive to progress key human rights standards, which is impacting people who sign on at dole offices across the city every day.

Tools For Action Summer School 2014 Sticky

PPR’s annual 'Tools For Action' Summer School will be held in The MAC, Belfast on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August 2014.
If you are interested in attending and would like information on how to apply, please click 'read more' for access to the online registraion form.

PPR Budget Work Featured in International Budget Partnership Handbook Sticky

PPR's human rights budget work on the Northern Ireland Housing Executives programme to encase the Seven Towers flats in North Belfast in PVC cladding has been featured in an international publication on human rights budget work. The publication "Article 2 and Governments' Budgets" has been issued by the International Budget Partnership and examines how government budgets should help to realise human rights.

PPR supports Tuistí an Tuaiscirt campaign for school transport - call for Minister to take action by September 2014 Sticky

Parents and pupils of NI’s only Irish Medium secondary school Coláiste Feirste today (17th June 2014) walked from the Waterworks in north Belfast to the school in west Belfast to raise awareness of the continual refusal of the Minister for Education to provide dedicated bus service for the 90 pupils who attend the west Belfast school.

MLAs asked to use their powers to make housing strategy an Executive priority Sticky

Residents involved in the Equality Can't Wait group have written to MLA’s requesting that they use their powers to make the demand for a time-bound, resourced strategy to tackle religious inequality in housing an Executive priority. 


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