|MEDIA RELEASE: Impacted Community Confronts Barrick Gold on Human Rights Abuses, Company Lies, and Cultural Slurs |
Indigenous representatives from Porgera, Papua New Guinea traveled to Canada this week to speak at Barrick Gold's annual general meeting (AGM). This year marks the fourth year that the Porgerans have visited Barrick Gold's AGM, each time raising serious human rights and food security issues.
Jethro Tulin, Akali Tange Association a member of the Porgera
Alliance said, "Since 2008 we have stood here at Barrick shareholder
meetings and told them about the abuses our people suffer at the hands
of Barrick’s security forces - beatings, shootings, rapes and gang
Similarly, a Amnesty International report released in 2010 showed evidence of at least 130 structures adjacent to Barrick's Porgera mine were burned down, many of which were houses, while villagers were beaten, harassed, and detained.
Barrick housed the police who carried out these fiery evictions, and according to Mark Ekepa of the Porgera Landowners Association, they continue to support these same police.
"Barrick is continuing to house, feed and provide fuel to Mobile Units of the Papua New Guinea state who are responsible for burning down local landowners’ houses in 2009, and who continue to carry out beatings, rapes and house burnings around the mine."
Ekepa and Tulin traveled again to Canada this year to bring attention to these issues and call for the relocation of all the indigenous landowners who live in the Special Mine Area as well as the end to the practice of dumping toxic waste directly into their 800 km-long river system.
PNG Mining Minister Responds to Munk's Statement about Gang Rape, Porgera Alliance demands Accountability:
Porgera Alliance Letter to Peter Munk regarding his statement: “Gang Rape is a Cultural Habit”: http://www.porgeraalliance.net/2011/03/letter-to-peter-munk-regarding-his-statement-gang-rape-is-a-cultural-habit/
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