H.I.M. Haile Selassie I Speaks: All Men are Born Equal
OUR EMPEROR SPEAKS
Since in the scale of creation all men are born equal, it is imperative that all laws should be equitable in their application. For, what is the foundation of freedom and what are the reasons that men cherish it if they are not equal before the law? The answer is clear to all of you.
With the assistance of Our elders We have striven to improve the judicial system of our country from the time that We accepted the high responsibility of leading the destiny of our nation, realizing that this is part of our trust. As Saint Paul said: “Where specific law exists, try according to the law, where there exists no code of law, try according to your conscience.”
August 24, 1961