Equality before the law
Equality before the law, also known as legal equality, is the principle under which all people are subject to the same laws of justice. All are equal before the law.
Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.”
According to the United Nations, this principle is particularly important to the minorities and to the poor. Thus, the law and the judges must treat everyone equally before the law regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, or other characteristics, without privilege, discrimination, or bias. Equality before the law is one of the basic principles of liberalism. (Wikipedia Info)
Anarchism & Equality
Any law that creates inequality can be seen as a manifestation of lawnessness. In common language lawnessness is described as ‘anarchism‘. That’s a wrong equation because one of the fundamental principles of anarchism is to create a world in which all men are equal in a philosophical-political way.
Anarchism is the enemy of any form of racial-ethnocentric and/or religious tribalism. Tribalism always creates tribal laws (‘gang’-laws) and the essence of tribal law is inequality. You only have rights whem you’re a member of the group.
Equality before the law only recognizes one group: mankind. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
Jesus, innocent Roman citizen,
demonized by tribalists
The trials before the Roman authorities started with Pilate. Pilate found no reason to kill Jesus so he sent Him to Herod. Herod had Jesus ridiculed, but wanting to avoid the political liability, sent Jesus back to Pilate.
This was the last trial as Pilate tried to appease the animosity of the Jews by having Jesus scourged. The Roman scourge is a terrible whipping of 39 lashes. In a final effort to have Jesus released, Pilate offered the prisoner Barabbas to be crucified and Jesus released, but to no avail. The crowds (national-religious tribalists) called for Barabbas to be released and Jesus to be crucified.
The trials of Jesus represent the ultimate mockery of justice. Jesus, according to Roman laws an innocent man, was found guilty of crimes and sentenced to death by crucifixion. (Source)
You can say that Pilate went back in time. The jurist Sextus Pomponius, a Roman jurist of the second century said: “At the beginning of our city, the people began their first activities without any fixed law, and without any fixed rights: all things were ruled despotically, by kings”.
Jesus, the Roman
Pontius Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea from A.D. 26-36, serving under Emperor Tiberius. As governor his task was to protect te rights of all Roman citizens.
Some religious people are calling Jesus ‘ a jew’. He was not. Jesus was a Roman citizen. He respected Roman laws: “Give to the emperor what belongs to the emperor. And give to God what belongs to God.” (Mark 12:17)
The Roman Empire was born in 27 B.C.E., and Octavian, called Caesar Augustus, was its first emperor. Augustus was a wise ruler. He called himself ‘Primus inter pares’ (first among equals).
He secured the borders of the empire and built roads. The result was a new era of peace and stability (the pax Romana). He reorganized the provinces to achieve a more just administration, instituted tax reform, developed a civil service, and engaged in many public works projects, especially in Rome. It was during his reign that Jesus of Nazareth was born.
Not all of Augustus’ successors, however, were as capable. Tiberius (14-37 C.E.), though experienced, was unpopular. One of his infamous appointees was the prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate. (The Roman world of Jesus)
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
In plain language: You should be legally protected in the same way everywhere, and like everyone else. Your human rights should be protected by the laws written and passed in your country. In any particular country, while citizens may have different kinds of benefits than non-citizens, the legal system must recognise everyone, including a non-citizen, as a ‘person before the law’.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
In plain language: The law is the same for everyone; it should be applied in the same way to all.
The principle of equality before the law is especially important for groups that are in the minority, such as indigenous people, or groups that have less political or other power, such as the poor.