Persecution Law and Legal Definition

Persecution is defined as "the infliction of harm or suffering by the government, or persons the government is unwilling or unable to control, to overcome a characteristic of the victim. Because a critical element of persecution is motive, a petitioner "must provide some evidence of it, direct or circumstantial." Al-Ghorbani v. Holder, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 24478 (6th Cir. 2009)