As defined by the US FBI, 'the unlawful use of force against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in the furtherance of political or social objectives'
Quoting data from the Colombia Section of the Andean Commission of Jurists, the report points out that over the past five years in Colombia, "a daily average of 10 people have been killed in politically motivated violence.
The string of killings of small businessmen, including a florist, a tailor and fast-food stall owners, went unsolved for years, with authorities suspecting organized crime rather than politically motivated violence to be the motive.
The Political Stability and Absence of Violence dimension, according to the World Bank, "captures perceptions of the likelihood that the government will be destabilized or overthrown by unconstitutional or violent means, including politically motivated violence and terrorism.
However, it was dear to us that while the actual polling and counting processes were peaceful and the secrecy of the ballot was assured, the presidential election in Zimbabwe was marred by a high level of politically motivated violence and intimidation, which preceded the poll .
The State Department defines terrorism as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents, usually intended to influence an audience.