About Us

PPR and No-one Left Behind


Our History

Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) is a small human rights NGO with a big vision: to turn international human rights standards into grassroots tools for economic, social and environmental change.

From a small pilot project founded by Inez McCormack in Belfast and Dublin in 2006, PPR now works with a growing network of communities across Ireland using human rights as tools for change. Each of these campaigns are supported by community and voluntary groups, politicians, activist networks and funders. We collaborate with partners in Scotland, South Africa, USA, England and elsewhere to exchange learning and expertise.

No-one Left Behind

No-one Left Behind was developed as a platform for this emerging network: to update PPR activists and supporters about campaign activities, provide analysis of political and policy developments, and to give a voice to others speaking truth to power in these times.

What We Do

PPR promotes human rights by building power. We harness our organising, policy and communications expertise - and our growing activist network - to support communities who have been marginalised by laws, policies, public authorities or private interests.

  • Organise We organise with those who are silenced or sidelined.
  • Unite We identify common interests and build coalitions.
  • Act We strategise and take effective action to achieve the goals of our campaigns.
  • Defend We criticise conscious cruelty wherever we see it.
  • Advocate We advocate for compassion and rights in policy making.
  • Build We support communities to build their own responses to extreme inequality

What They Say

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN Hih Commissioner for Human Rights
[PPR] are not just challenging what is wrong, they are creating an inclusive sense of rights and dignity, they are engaged in pioneering work which will command much interest and application elsewhere.
— Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
The continuation of Inez McCormack's work through Participation and the Practice of Rights will be the best tribute for her.
— Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
Raquel Rolnik, UN Rapporteur
The work being done by the Seven Towers residents with the support of PPR consists of a unique experience that combines a human rights based approach to housing, and accountability in decision-making.
— Raquel Rolnik, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing