UN changes to definitions of torture

leanne flynn made this Freedom of Information request to Northern Ireland Prison Service

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Dear Northern Ireland Prison Service,

Could you please provide any details on plans to review the two
locations, Maghaberry and Hydebank for safety and health purposes.
I would recommend environmental samples of air quality, paints,
equipment, grounds, etc. based on the violent and obstinate
behavior of staff and clients. Recently, the Red Cross was turned
away from Hydebank, and earlier this year the United Nations
visiting physician was also turned away, although invited back
later, when Hydebank was 'ready' for them.

The United Nations made some important humanitarian changes in
2010- declaring confinement of prisoners in small spaces over so
many hours to be torture, and any form of electroshock therapy to
also be torture. Please forward me any documents you received to
assist your staff and your office to implement changes related to
those great UN changes.
By any documents, I mean any memos, instructions, training manuals. Do you need those? Should we write to the UN to have them forwarded to you? Also does your staff train regularly in CPI- Non Violent Crisis Prevention? Can I assist in having those training materials sent also?

Yours faithfully,

leanne flynn

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