- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hundreds of journalists, students, artists and scientists sit in prison for simply being themselves, and now the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center has found a way to digitally link the Western world to their plight via social media.

The nonpartisan and nonprofit organization launched “Unlock Iran” on Monday to give participants “a digital view of what their lives would be like if jailed in Iran.”

Individuals who visit the website can “meet the prisoners,” on a savvy landing page with pictures, video and a detailed timeline of each individual’s plight.


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Users are then given the Twitter accounts of world leaders to contact, such as President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and others.

Some of the prisoners:

• Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, a student who was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for speaking to a crowd of students on National Students Day.

• Bonaghi Maleki, a blogger who was arrested in his home after Iran’s 2009 elections. Mr. Maleki was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to 15 years in prison.

The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center said in a statement that the initiative is timed to coincide with this month’s U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.