Civil Rights Then and Now, 1968-2008 QUB Seminar Michael Farrell

This seminar has been organised to mark the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland but this year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and I would like to begin with a quote from the Preamble to that Declaration:

“Whereas it is essential if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law”

Robinson criticises plan to merge human rights bodies

Robinson criticises plan to merge human rights bodies Mary Robinson: human rights bodies “need to be invigorated” SUSAN McKAY IRISH TIMES 25 AUGUST 2008 CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT COMMEMORATION: FORMER PRESIDENT Mary Robinson has sharply criticised a Government proposal to merge a number of human rights agencies. Speaking yesterday, she said bodies like the Equality Authority … Read more

Springtown Camp and Civil Rights’ women

Originally Published Derry Journal, Friday, 6th June 2008.   Local author and historian Fionnbarra Ó’Dochartaigh, a co-founder of NICRA in 1967, in this third exclusive article for the “Journal” traces the roots of early public agitations which led to the dramatic events on Derry’s Duke Street on October 5th 1968.  Almost overnight the civil rights … Read more

WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS

When the civil rights struggle came, a meeting was called for people interested in social justice, were against repression and for the good of the community and my husband Frank and I were invited along. I was proposed and seconded for the Executive Committee of the Civil Rights Association and willingly joined it. I was … Read more