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.

In November 2012, PPR's Human Rights Based Approach was recognised by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as an 'example of how people can effectively use indicators to claim their rights'.

In 2014, one of PPR's founder groups the Belfast Mental Health Rights Group was jointly awarded the inaugural Steve Pittam Social Justice Award.

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said about PPR's work:

     "It's the way human rights work should be, but isn't, done"