382. Persecution for reasons of political opinion.

382.     Persecution for reasons of political opinion.

In deciding whether a person is a 'refugee'1 the concept of 'political opinion'2 includes the holding of an opinion, thought or belief on a matter related to the potential actors of persecution3 and to their policies or methods, whether or not that opinion, thought or belief has been acted upon by the person4.

The ground of 'political opinion' must be broadly construed, both because of the prominence given as fundamental rights to the freedoms of thought and conscience, of opinion and expression and of assembly and association and because of the