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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Research Developments: Identifying Genocidal Risk Factors

September 18, 2010 |

The Sentinel Project early warning system (EWS) is a two-stage process. First, it examines the structural characteristics of a society that predispose it to genocide. Second, it monitors ongoing events to track the development of genocidal processes. For the last several months, our Research Team has been busy concentrating on the first stage. The team…

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AFP: UN anti-racism panel calls on Iran to counter hatred

August 27, 2010 |

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination released a statement today urging Iran to counter the discrimination that its minorities face everyday. While the Committee focuses on racial and ethnic prejudices, the statement also mentioned the difficulties faced by members of the Baha’i Faith in addition to ethnic Arabs, Azeris, Balochis, and Kurds….

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Iran: Seven Baha'i Leaders Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

August 10, 2010 |

The top seven leaders of the Iranian Baha’i community are now reported to have been sentenced to 20 years in prison. They were arrested in May 2008 and held without charge for 18 months before being charged with such crimes as “propaganda against the state” and “spreading corruption on earth.” Their trial began in January…

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