Practice Relating to Rule 127. Respect for Convictions and Religious Practices of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) provides: “Prisoners of war are to receive spiritual attention, if possible from chaplains attached to their own forces or of their own nationality.”
The manual further points out: “Internees shall enjoy complete freedom to practise their own religion.”
The manual specifies: “Premises for the holding of religious services must be made available.”
With respect to non-international armed conflicts, the manual stresses that detainees “must be allowed to practise their religion and to receive spiritual assistance from those performing religions functions”.