Kate Allen

Kate Allen is the Director of Amnesty International UK. She fronts Amnesty’s campaigns which demand respect for women’s rights, stronger restrictions on the arms trade, the release of all prisoners of conscience, and an end to torture and the death penalty.

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The UK is rolling out the red carpet for President Peña Nieto, but his security forces have blood on their hands

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If I were Prime Minister: Britain would take in hundreds more Syrian refugees

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the Director of Amnesty International UK

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High-profile journalists are being shot in Pakistan and the government doesn't seem to care. Some say it's because they're responsible

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Although women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict, their experiences and instrumental contribution to peace are often overlooked

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