chapter  8
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores the notion of the collective dimension of freedom of religion or belief with a view to seeking ways to improve the protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief in international law. International human rights standards applicable to the protection of the rights to acquire legal personality and to freedom in the internal affairs of religious or belief communities have been examined in order to understand the nature of protection and identify challenges and ways of moving forward. Focus on the collective nature of acts and diverse forms of collectivities has also led to a broader view of the meaning of the freedom in the "internal affairs"—autonomy—of religious or belief communities, as opposed to understanding internal affairs solely with reference to "internal organization".