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REASON#3: POLITICAL/RELIGIOUS OPPRESSION

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Syrian opposition members attend a Syrian opposition meeting in the Halboun area, near the capital Damascus, Syria, on Thursday 6 October 2011. Some 75 opposition figures held a rare public meeting in which they called for the downfall of the regime. Participants at the meeting headed by prominent dissident Hassan Abdul-Azim called on the regime to step down. The Arabic banners read: "Yes to the collapse of the security tyrant regime, no to violence, no to foreign military intervention, no to sectarian" left, and "national coordination committee - central command, right". Photo - Bassem Tellawi/AP

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it is independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control of a group of people is known as oppression. Many governments around the world, for known or unknown reasons, engage in suppression of a political or religious group on the pretext of national security. The state apparatus argues that the voice of any specific group can harm the unity of the country, create unrest and stir tension among various groups. Though this can be true, not all forms of expression used by political or religious groups lead to disorder.

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