Barrick AGM statement by Jethro Tulin, Executive officer of Porgera Alliance and Akali Tange Association,
April 28th, 2015
My name is Jethro Tulin. I have stood here for many years asking the same things. Many things I have told you, things that you at first denied, you have later been forced to admit are true. You have made our land unliveable and abused my people.
Now I hear that you are going to sell the mine. But we will not allow you to sell it. A new buyer will not enter Porgera unless you attach to the sale price, the cost of the following things:
1. Resettlement for the people living with the Special Mining Lease Area.
2. Paying fair compensation to the families of your killings and the direct victims of sexual assault.
3. The cost to repair the environmental damage that you have done.
You must agree to be a party to the Porgera Mining Development Agreement with the other stakeholders in the mine: the landowners and the PNG government.
Jethro Tulin is the executive officer of the Porgera Alliance and the Akali Tange Association, a human rights organization in Porgera, Papua New Guinea. He was recently elected co-chair for the Pacific Caucus for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.