Kate Allen (Amnesty International)

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Katherine Allen
Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK (cropped).jpg
Born (1955-01-25)January 25, 1955
Alma mater Brasenose College, University of Oxford
Employer Amnesty International UK

Katherine Allen (born 25 January 1955) is the Director of Amnesty International UK (AIUK)

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

After studying for a BA(Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, Allen’s career started in local government as a policy officer at the Greater London Council and then Haringey London Borough Council. She was a member[clarification needed] of Camden Council during the 1980s where she set up the Women’s Committee.

Allen then moved to the Refugee Council, where she headed the UK emergency evacuation programmes for Bosnia and Kosovo, and chaired the Asylum Rights Campaign - a coalition of 100 refugee agencies, lawyers and community organisations - during the passage of major new asylum and immigration legislation.

In 1992 she tried to gain the Labour nomination to stand for the seat of Coventry North East at the General Election, however she came fourth in the selection process.

In 1998/99 she was seconded to the Home Office, where she worked on the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act.

Amnesty International career[edit]

Allen has led the UK section of the human rights organisation since 2000. AIUK is the second largest Amnesty section worldwide with more than a quarter of a million supporters; the organisation has offices in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff. In her time at the organisation she has managed a major restructure and the establishment of the Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch.

A regular contributor to broadcast programmes and speaker at public events Allen has comment pieces published regularly in national newspapers and has appeared on the BBC’s Question Time. In May 2006 she wrote a two-page article in The Observer newspaper, which launched an international campaign on Internet censorship and repression [1].

Allen has travelled around the world for Amnesty on research and lobbying missions. In March 2006, she travelled to Nepal where she met both high level members of the Nepalese army, and commanders of the Maoist rebels to discuss human rights concerns.

Private life[edit]

For 18 years she and Ken Livingstone, former leader of the Greater London Council, then Member of Parliament, and later the first Mayor of London, were partners. They split in 2001.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Womack, Sarah (6 November 2001). "Livingstone splits up with long-time lover". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

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