The following are examples of circumstances which may lead to a person being deemed a refugee:
A human rights activist who is persecuted by the state for her criticism of government abuses.
A union leader who is threatened with violence by businesses who enjoy tacit support from the government.
A gay man or lesbian who is beaten up by gangs of homophobic hooligans in a country that outlaws homosexual acts.
A member of a religion who is being suppressed by the government.
A woman who is subjected to repeated physical abuse by her husband in a country where conjugal violence is condoned.
A member of an ethnic group who is persecuted by the state.
A teacher in a country where intellectuals are denounced as traitors of the people.
A person who openly criticizes a rebel group in a country where the government cannot protect its citizens against rebel attack.
A person who is persecuted because he is suspected of opposing the government, even though he is not politically active.
The child of an imprisoned political leader who is viewed as a threat by the current regime.
The witness of a massacre committed by the military that the government wants to cover up.
A student activist after the government has suppressed a student movement.