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.
PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION:
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. This also means that judges, government officials and police are also answerable to the same body of law.
To incite discrimination is to encourage others to practice discrimination.
The International Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Racial Discrimination
Indigenous people: Challenges facing the international community
Ask students to write a speech about equality before the law. Students can pretend they are in a situation where the principle of equality before the law is not acknowledged or adhered to and their responsibility is to convince people and politicians of the importance of this principle by writing a passionate and well-argued speech. Have students read out their speeches.