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Washington D.C. –  The US IOPHR  representatives were invited to attend a small group discussion with the Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, and the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback. This discussion was followed by a symposium and speech on Human Rights in Iran from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Immediately following Secretary Pompeo’s remarks, the State Department hosted a panel discussion with survivors of the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses, the Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Robert A. Destro, and the State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus.

US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus and IOPHR representative Sharareh Afshari

IOPHR representatives spoke with Ambassador Brownback, the State Department officials, and Morgan Ortagus regarding the house arrest and intentional medical mistreatments of Dr. Noor Ali Tabandeh, the Nematollahi Gonabadi Sufis’ spiritual leader, with the ultimate goal of his elimination and replacement by the occupying regime’s agent. The Secretary’s remarks and panel discussion can be seen here.