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Λογότυπος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής
Migration and Home Affairs


Human rights abuses or other serious harm, often, but not always, with a systematic or repetitive element.


UNHCR Master Glossary of Terms


  • BG: преследване
  • CS: pronásledování
  • DE: Verfolgung
  • EL: δίωξη
  • EN: persecution
  • ES: persecución
  • ET: tagakiusamine
  • FI: vaino
  • FR: persécution
  • GA: géarleanúint
  • HU: üldöz(tet)és
  • IT: persecuzione
  • LT: persekiojimas
  • LV: vajāšana
  • MT: Persekuzzjoni
  • NL: vervolging
  • PL: prześladowanie
  • PT: perseguição
  • RO: persecuţie
  • SK: prenasledovanie
  • SL: preganjanje
  • SV: förföljelse
  • NO: forfølgelse (b); forfølging (n)
  • KA: დევნა
  • UK: переслідування

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The core concept of persecution was deliberately not defined in the Geneva Refugee Convention and Protocol, to suggesting that the drafters intended it to be interpreted in a sufficiently flexible manner so as to encompass ever-changing forms of persecution.