The Sentinel Project, a Toronto based NGO that works on genocide prevention, recently launched an internet application called Hatebase, as part of its efforts to monitor hate speech. Hate speech is often one of the earliest indicators of oncoming ethnic conflict and genocide.
In an interview with The Toronto Star, Chris Tuckwood, co-founder of The Sentinel Project, indicated that of the six countries they are currently monitoring, Iran is of significant concern.
“We’re watching Iran pretty closely,” Tuckwood said. “What we’re seeing with the Bahai religious minority is concerning. The discrimination they face is quite advanced. They’re excluded from public life, can’t get public-sector jobs, aren’t allowed education after high school, and their homes are frequent victims of vandalism.”