This is an explanation for passage 4 of LSAT preptest 34, the June 2001 LSAT. This passage is about how gender based persecution may qualify someone as a refugee under UN rules.
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- Women fall under the social group category if they apply as a refugee under UN rules.
- The original rules did not mention social groups. They were added under the UN Convention as a catch-all for refugees who did not qualify under any other category.
- UN documents such as the Handbook support a broad reading of “social group”
- The UNHCR’s broad position will probably help make national laws broader as well.
The passage’s author seems to agree that women ought to be included as refugees, and that the social group category is a decent way to do that. Though they don’t say that explicitly.
Instead, the passage is a neutral discussion of how women can qualify as refugees, and how they came to be included in the category of “social group”.
(If a women if being persecuted because of her race or religion, she can apply under those categories instead, of course. “Social group” is for women who are persecuted because they are women.)
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