In an article published in the International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC No. 214, February 1980), Jean-Luc Hiebel, Henry Dunant Institute, investigates the right of spiritual assistance. “Within the general right of spiritual assistance there is a distinction between the right to receive assistance and the right to give it. These rights are based on the right of religious freedom. If they are to be exercised, these rights necessitate means—hence the right to aid—and agents—hence the rights of relief societies.”

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