Country of Origin: United States
Disappeared Since: March 9, 2007
Biography: Robert Levinson is a Jewish U.S. citizen. On March 9, 2007, Levinson, a retired FBI agent, disappeared on the Iranian island of Kish. It is likely that the government of Iran disappeared him, though Iran’s government denies knowledge of his whereabouts. In 2013, President Hassan Rouhani indicated a willingness to cooperate with the U.S. government to return Levinson to the United States. Then Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both urged the government of Iran to release Levinson, as has Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. On November 26, 2013, Levinson became the longest-held hostage in U.S. history.
USCIRF Advocate: Commissioner Andy Khawaja
Press Release: USCIRF Commissioner Andy Khawaja Adopts Religious Prisoner of Conscience Robert Levinson (March 11, 2019)
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