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Someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) may swing from moods of deep depression to periods of overactive, excited behaviour known as mania. Between these severe highs and lows can be stable times.
Stephen Fry talks about his own experiences with bipolar disorder: having discovered how serious an illness it is, he decided to speak out about it and find out more. In a documentary that can be watched here, he investigates bi-polar disorder and meets with the singer Robbie Williams and the actress Carrie Fischer who have suffered from those disorders too.
In its most severe ...
Akmal Shaikh is facing imminent execution in China for carrying drugs; Reprieve believes he suffers from bipolar disorder, and was likely delusional at the time of the offence. We are trying to illustrate the debilitating effect of bipolar disorder for the Chinese authorities.
Please share with us your own experience, whether personal or otherwise. To kick off, here is the story offered by myself, Clive Stafford Smith.
CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH, Director, Reprieve:
My dad suffered from bipolar disorder from the early Sixties until his death in 2008. It cannot detract from my love for him, but it was certainly confusing ...
"You know, I just don't see how he's going to do it. Is he planning to put two-hundred-odd men on a plane January 21st and ship them to God knows where?"
That was Adel al Gazzar at our last meeting at Guantánamo. The sentiment he voiced echoes through the halls of the prison these days. There is a heavy hush of two hundred men just...waiting. Tallying the days since a promise was made. Counting their freed fellows on two hands. It doesn't take long to count to 19.
Adel's a savvy guy, and could easily ...
Last week, she came to London to share her experience and thoughts about the death penalty. A board member of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, Cathy talks about her spiritual journey as well as her thoughts about the judicial process in the US and the death penalty: an enlightening testimony which deeply affected all of us.
In her own words:
"What the death penalty does -- and we (the murder victims' families) are so clear about this, I am -- is it creates more victims".
October 10th was the world day against the death penalty. The focus this year was on abolishing the death penalty for juveniles (aged 14 to 18). The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty was also celebrating the 20th birthday of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The use of the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 is prohibited under international human rights law. Protecting children implies protecting them from any act which could damage their basic rights.
With the adoption by the UN of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in ...
It is rather easy, looking back, to identify the beliefs that our ancestors clung to with a fervent faith.
No doubt, 400 years ago, those who burned witches at the stake thought they were righting evil in society.
Four centuries on, the history books are not kind to them. We know the "witches" were innocent, since no coven of witches actually existed. We now recognise that any trial that sent its victim to the stake was derived from a "witch hunt" that served no possible penal purpose.
It is more difficult, perhaps, to identify our modern "flat earth" beliefs - those ...
This is an interview undertaken by Reprieve volunteer Emmanuel Purdon with a death row prisoner Anthony Mungin to mark the International Day Against the Death Penalty.
Anthony Mungin has been on death row in Florida since 1993, convicted for a crime in which he has always maintained his innocence. In the course of his correspondence with the free world for the last 16 years, he came across many teenagers, from the US and elsewhere. He has also been helping a specialized institution for many years dealing with troublesome youngsters from the ghetto, in Jacksonville, Florida. At the occasion of the ...
The Dallas Morning news reports of four Texas arson cases under scrutiny, following the highly controversial Willingham case in which respectable fire experts all concluded that evidence used to convict and execute Cameron Todd Willingham was based on debunked science.
It is now widely acknowledged that although Willingham was executed in 2004, he was surely innocent, and four new cases are now under the spotlight:
The police concluded that Willis was guilty, based on a polygraph test, the "evidence" that flammable material had been used, and that the "evidence" that the fire had started in different origin points ...
Professor Abdul-mouti Bayoumi, a leading Muslim scholar in Egypt has called for the death penalty for those caught smuggling into the country a device allowing women to fake their virginity.
He made the demand following reports that the device, currently made in China, had become available on the market in parts of the Arab world for $US15. The device is supposed to release a liquid imitating blood, thus allowing women to possibly feign virginity on their wedding night. It is also meant to be a cheap and easy alternative option to hymen repair surgery, which is carried out in secret ...
Twelve years after he was wrongly convicted for the rape and murder of two sisters, Paco Larranaga has finally been released from the notorious Bilibid prison in Manilla and is being transferred to Madrid today.
Paco has been in Bilibid since he was 18 and spent 9 years on death row before the Philippines commuted all death sentences in 2006. Paco holds dual Spanish and Filippino nationality and his transfer follows a long campaign from the Spanish government, international human rights organisations including Reprieve, his lawyer Sandra Coronel and his family, who despite obstacle after obstacle being thrown in the ...