376. Meaning of 'persecution'.

376.     Meaning of 'persecution'.

For the purposes of United Kingdom law1 'persecution' means an act of persecution on 'Convention grounds'2. The term is not defined further than this, but the ordinary dictionary definition ('to pursue with malignancy or injurious action, especially to oppress for holding a heretical opinion or belief') has been applied3, as has analysis of the term based on human rights law4 which requires a consideration of whether the facts present a risk of violation of a generally accepted right as codified in international law5. There is no requirement