An ethnic cleansing in an action by a group of people that has a goal of removing a population on the basis of its ethnicity or religion from an area. The removal should be done with force, threat of force and/or intimidation. There must also be a policy behind the removal of the population, i.e. it needs to be planned by one group of people. The policy can be stated by any group or organisation and does not have to be tied to a government.