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).[1]


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.[citation needed]

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[1] - a coalition of 100 refugee agencies, lawyers and community organisations - during the passage of major new asylum and immigration legislation.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

In 1998/99 she was seconded to the Home Office, where she worked on the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act.[1]

Amnesty International career[edit]

Allen has led the UK section of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International since 2000. AIUK is the third largest Amnesty section worldwide with more than a quarter of a million supporters;[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] In May 2006 she wrote a two-page article in The Observer newspaper, which launched an international campaign on Internet censorship and repression.

"While the internet has brought freedom of information to millions, for some it has led to imprisonment by a government seeking to curtail that freedom. They have closed or censored websites and blogs; created firewalls to prevent access to information; and restricted and filtered search engines to keep information from their citizens." (Kate Allen writing in the above article)[2]

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.[3]


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