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UN changes to definitions of torture

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Dear Department for Education,

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 'solitary 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 papaer work from the UN
to share with law enforcement and medical personnel related to both
solitary confinement and electroshock therapy. 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. Thank you for your service.

Yours faithfully,

leanne flynn

Department for Education

Dear Ms Flynn
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 10
March.

You requested that the Department forward 'any information possible to
explain the on-going torture, as defined by UN, of Marian Price McGlinchey
of Belfast. 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
'solitary 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 papaer work from
the UN to share with law enforcement and medical personnel related to both
solitary confinement and electroshock therapy. 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.'

 

The Department does not hold the information you requested.  However, the
information may be held by the Northern Ireland Office.  I suggest that
you make a new request to that organisation.  Their contact details are:

 

Northern Ireland Office, Stormont House, Stormont Estate, Belfast,
Northern Ireland, BT4 3SH (email: [1][email address] or
telephone 028 9052 0700) or 1 Horse Guards Road, London,SW1A 2HQ.

 

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consideration of your request.  

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.  
Yours sincerely

Jan Purdy
Supporting Children and Young People
Department for Education,
2 St Paul's Place,
125 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2FJ

([2][email address]; telephone 0114 2742381)

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