Angela Hegarty: Reaction To Bloody Sunday

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Reaction to Bloody Sunday

Civil Rights are the basic human rights that the citizens possess of social and political freedom and equality and are often considered the pillars of society and culture. In her article, Hierarchies of Discrimination: The Political, Legal and Social Prioritisation of the Equality Agenda in Northern Ireland, Angela Hegarty defines the Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which states, “all persons are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection of the law. In this respect, the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race, color,
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When we look at the history of slavery, it can be assumed that one particular form of discrimination, in this case the person being from an African American descent, could monopolies all the legal, political, and social agenda of that individual. The civil rights that the white people are assigned are not the same for African American people, one attribute changes the legal rights of an individual in the book of laws. So, the question arises, how can we abide by the laws if the laws that hold the societal fabric together discriminate against its subjects? Is just writing a law stating that all citizens are equal in the eye of the law enough? How can we ensure that the laws be incorporated and implemented in the society to progress towards an egalitarian society?

The first step in the process of reform is to recognize that there is a bias. Discrimination had and has been a long problematic matter existing in the past and continuing in the present. For the purpose of this paper I will concentrate on Northern Ireland to explain discrimination happening during the event of Bloody Sunday. The minority nationalist community experienced economic, social, and political disadvantage

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