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Dear Department for International Development,

An unusual Freedom of Information request for your office. Please read and save a copy if you intend to declare having no information about any of these issues. Please.

Please forward any information possible to explain the ongoing
torture, as defined by UN, of Marian Price McGlinchey of Belfast.
Thank you.

Also, have you received new training materials related to
understanding and implementing new United Nations guidelines
regarding what constitutes 'solitary confinement' and what is
considered torturous " confinement" by UN standards. In
2010, the UN declared all forms of electroshock therapy to also be
torture. These are tremendous and great celebrations of
humanitarianism. You should have recieved paper work from the UN
to share with law enforcement and medical personnel related to both
solitary confinement and electroshock therapy. You can contact the office of the UN and demand that paperworkl today. Thank you for any
guidance you can provide. You may be aware the HMP Hydebank, a
womens and youth detention center with hospital facilities has
turned away UN doctors, and are now turning away Red Cross who
would like to check on the safety and condition of prisoners.
Please assist, in any way.

Thank you for your service.

Yours faithfully,

leanne flynn

Department for International Development

Dear Ms Flynn

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 13 March
2013. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible and within
20 working days.

Please note that DFID may also publish our response to FOI requests on our
website at www.dfid.uk.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2013-086.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Openness Unit

________________________________________
DFID London – now at 22 Whitehall, SW1A 2EG

Department for International Development

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Dear Ms Flynn,

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2013-086. For ease of reference, I replicate our response below.

Freedom of Information Request F2013-086

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 12 March 2013 in
which you asked for the following information:

“An unusual Freedom of Information request for your office. Please read
and save a copy if you intend to declare having no information about any
of these issues. Please.

Please forward any information possible to explain the ongoing torture, as
defined by UN, of Marian Price McGlinchey of Belfast. Thank you.

Also, have your received new training materials related to understanding
and implementing new United Nations guidelines regarding what constitutes
‘solitary confinement’ and what is consider torturous “confinement” by UN
standards.” In 2010, the UN declared all forms of electroshock therapy to
also be torture. These are tremendous and great celebrations of
humanitarianism. You should have recieved paper work from the UN to share
with law enforcement and medical personnel related to both solitary
confinement and electroshock therapy. You can contact the office of the UN
and demand that paperworkl today. Thank you for any guidance you can
provide. You may be aware that HMP Hydebank, a womens and youth detention
center with hospital facilities has turned away UN doctors, and are now
turning away Red Cross who would like to check on the safety and condition
of prisoners. Please assist, in any way.”

DFID does not hold information relevant to your request.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting
reference number F2013-086.

If you are unhappy with the service we have provided and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team at the address shown in the
footnote below or email [DFID request email] within two months of the date of
this letter.

If you do make a complaint and are not content with the outcome, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted DFID’s complaints procedure. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

________________________________________
UK aid is helping the world's poorest people change their lives
www.gov.uk/dfid

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