Annual Strategic Review: Our way forward in the coming year

November 3, 2010 |

On 31 October 2010, the Sentinel Project core team gathered together in Toronto to conduct our Annual Strategic Review (ASR). The aim of this meeting was to examine our progress over the past year, highlight strengths and weaknesses, and set goals for the year ahead. On the topic of strengths, the overarching theme was that…

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Interesting video: UN event on dangerous speech and genocide

November 3, 2010 |

On 28 October 2010, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide hosted an event about the role of hate speech in the genocidal process. Guests at the talk, entitled “Dangerous Speech on the Road to Genocide,” saw Professor Susan Benesch of the World Policy Institute discuss what makes certain…

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New "tips line" lets you help the Sentinel Project gather information and stop genocide

November 2, 2010 |

The Sentinel Project team is inviting all of our blog readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook members to help us out with information gathering. While we are still looking for committed volunteers to take on specific roles in fundraising, technology, public relations, and research, anyone can participate in our mission by helping to predict genocide and…

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Coming soon: Update on the threat of genocide to Iranian Baha'is

October 31, 2010 |

Our research team has been working hard on a supplement to the Baha’i threat assessment of 15 May 2009. This new report will cover the key developments in the Iran SOC since that time and will be released tomorrow.

Brazilian correspondents join the Sentinel Project team, South American SOC reactivated

October 25, 2010 |

The Sentinel Project is pleased to welcome two new additions to our team in South America. Marcelo Valenca, based in Brazil, will be our primary correspondent for South America as contacts are developed in other countries. Bruna Lima, also in Brazil, will be assisting Marcelo in his work. Marcelo has a PhD in international studies…

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IFHR Report – "The Hidden Side of Iran: Discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities"

October 23, 2010 |

The International Federation for Human Rights has released a report outlining Iranian government discrimination towards ethnic and religious minorities, including Baha’is. Read the report here.

Nobel laureate’s Baha’i former aide gets two years in Iranian prison

October 2, 2010 |

Iran Press Watch has conveyed a report from an Iranian opposition website that Jinous Sobhani, a Baha’i and former aide to Shirin Ebadi, has been sentenced to two years in prison by an Iranian court. Sobhani was once the secretary of the Human Rights Defenders Centre, which is headed by Ebadi, a prominent lawyer, Nobel…

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Crowdsourcing Hate Speech: New Media and Violence in Kenya

September 21, 2010 |

New technologies and media are central to the Sentinel Project’s mission. However, just as these developments can help to prevent genocide, they can also be used to perpetrate it by inciting hatred and organizing violence. In her article “Putting Hate Speech in Context: Observations on Speech, Power, and Violence in Kenya“, Susan Hirsch outlines some…

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Updates from the Engineering team

September 20, 2010 |

As our research team continues to develop the risk assessment process, our engineering team has been working on putting together the core software platform to support the final anticipated process. This is a quick update about progress being made on this. From a development standpoint, we are essentially building a web-based collaboration system that has…

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Prison Sentences Reportedly Reduced for Iranian Baha'i Leaders

September 18, 2010 |

In a surprising development, reports out of Iran indicate that the harsh sentences handed down to seven Baha’i leaders last month have been reduced. Though the reason for this move is not yet known, lawyers representing the seven were informed two days ago that the twenty-year sentences would be halved to ten years. While the…

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