Home Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of The Bishop of Coventry The Bishop of Coventry Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of what constitutes persecution of groups of people.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Government defines persecution as an act that is sufficient serious in nature and repetition as to constitute a severe violation of basic human rights. Such acts could be perpetrated against individuals or groups of people.

The definition is contained in the Refugee or Person in Need of International Protection (Qualification) Regulations 2006, which reflect the Refugee Convention and EU law.

We support those who have suffered persecution by providing a place of safety for refugees through our resettlement schemes and the in-country asylum process.

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