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How similar and different were civil rights issues in the First, Second, and Third Worlds? In what ways did each “world” address these and other rights?

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Civil rights issues present in First, Second, and Third World societies reflect the cultural and sociopolitical scenarios of these regions. The issues exhibit both differences and similarities across the developed and developing world.

Human trafficking, gender bias at the workplace, bias against people with physical and mental disabilities, and racism are some civil rights issues present in First World countries. Harassment characterized by abuse, intimidation, and discrimination because of a person's age, race, color, weight, or religion is a cognizable human rights violation in First World countries, such as the United States of America.

Inadequate protection of workers' rights, strictly regulated freedom of speech, suppression of the freedom of press, the neglect of minorities, and forced implementation of government policies such as a one-child policy are examples of civil rights issues faced by Second World countries. Most of these countries were a part of the erstwhile communist bloc, and therefore exhibit similarities in the nature of civil rights violations and issues.

A severely suppressed civil society, a lack of education among vast swathes of the masses, inadequate medical facilities in towns and cities, poor sanitation and hygiene, gender-based discrimination, curtailment of religious freedom, honor killings, child labor, and human trafficking are civil rights issues present in Third World nations. Many of these issues stem from poverty and systemic corruption.

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