chapter  4
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The Right of Religious or Belief Groups to Freedom in their Internal Affairs

The right to freedom in the internal affairs or autonomy of religious or belief groups constitutes an integral part of the protection of the collective dimension of freedom of religion or belief. Religious or belief groups have been historically and traditionally involved in establishing and running charitable institutions in order to help vulnerable groups. Manifestation of religion or belief in worship, teaching, observance and practice may require the use of various articles and materials ranging from the use of printed materials such as holy books and prayer books to ritual wine. Publications that are used in religious services such as holy books and other literature as well as other material may be used in, inter alia, worship and teaching a religion or belief to its followers. Diverse religious traditions and beliefs of the world prescribe a wide range of internal organizational structures and leadership patterns.