Political Repression Law and Legal Definition

Political repression is the maltreatment of an individual or group for political reasons, especially for the purpose of limiting or forbidding their ability to take part in the political life of society. It often is evidenced in the form of human rights violations, surveillance abuse, police brutality, imprisonment, involuntary settlement, stripping of citizen's rights, lustration and violent action such as the murder, summary executions, torture, forced disappearance and other extrajudicial punishment of political activists, dissidents, or general population. Where political repression is approved and coordinated by the state, it may represent state terrorism, genocide, politicide or crimes against humanity. Ina dictatorship, totalitarian state and similar regimes political repressions are seen in a systemic and violent form. In such regimes, acts of political repression are carried out by secret police forces, army, paramilitary groups or death squads. It is also called as political discrimination or politicism.