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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Young Syrian refugees gather around a small fire at the Minieh camp in Lebanon

Cameron and Obama may want to ‘destroy’ Isis, but what will they do about the growing number of refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria?

So far the West's response to the region's humanitarian crisis has been woeful

An Israeli soldier sits in an armored personnel carrier (APC) fyling the Israeli flag as they return from the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

The UK needs to stop selling arms to Israel and open its eyes to the suffering caused by inaction

How many civilians need to die before our dithering government makes a stand?

A Syrian man shows marks of torture on his back after he was released from regime forces. Amnesty International found the use of torture to be “flourishing around the world”

Jack Bauer has changed the way we think about torture

Torture is every bit as disgusting as paedophilia or kidnapping or assault. So why do a third of people think it is 'sometimes necessary'?

If Jeremy Paxman worked in Pakistan, he'd be lucky to be alive

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

Syrian refugee crisis: There are lessons to be learnt from the Kosovo evacuation programme

It was a swift, well-run project that did something  simple and brilliant; it saved lives

There have been 255 drone strikes on Pakistan since 2004

Amnesty report on Drone Warfare: Where's the transparency, Obama?

Our report reveals the extent of unlawful killings in Pakistan

Commonwealth endorsement of Sri Lanka is a sham - the country's human rights record still appals

Despite public approbation, Sri Lanka’s dreadful human rights legacy lives on

The problem with the Taliban peace talks is not women, it’s their absence

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

Putting the guilty to death would be a step backwards for India, and do nothing to address its real problems

This tragic case must bring about a sea change in attitudes to womens' rights

Kate Allen: It's time for America to put an end to this shameful scandal

It is staggering to contemplate that the US government has perpetuated this injustice
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