Deaths and Injuries at the North Mara mine between December 2008 and January 2014
Since December 2008, there have been at least:
- 16 people shot dead by police
- 11 people injured by police ammunition
This has occurred on 14 separate occasions indicating a chronic problem.
Since December 2008, police officers have shot dead people at or in close proximity to the Mine on at least eight different occasions.
• On 11 December 2008, a man was fatally shot.
• On 21 January 2009, a villager prospecting for gold at the Mine was shot dead.
• On 2 June 2009, two prospectors were killed.
• On 8 July 2009, one of the villagers was shot and killed by police while they were chasing prospectors from the Mine.
• On 15 October 2009, a prospector was shot in the back by police and died.
• On 2 February 2010, four people were killed at or in close proximity to the Mine site by police.
• On 16 May 2011, 5 people were shot dead and three others injured, including one man who was made paralysed. At least two of the 5 deceased were shot from behind.
• On 7 May 2012, one prospector was shot in the chest and killed.
In addition to the above, there have been other reports of deaths that ABG has not yet confirmed, including at least four in the month of January 2014 alone.
During the same period, police officers have shot and injured people at or in close proximity to the Mine on at least eight occasions:
• On 13 March 2009, a prospector was shot by police and injured at the Mine.
“In the face of circumstances such as this, people who don’t know much about the mining industry are likely to wonder if it’s like this all the time. It isn’t. The events I have described are serious, intolerable and must be resolved no matter how long it takes.” – Aaron Regent, President and CEO of Barrick at the time of the 16 May 2011 incidents, The Globe and Mail, 22 June 2011.
Use of force and firearms is not the only human rights abuse involving security at the Mine. In 2011, ABG announced it had received credible allegations of sexual assaults against women by police and Mine employees.
At least 14 women have been victims of sexual assault by Tanzanian police operating at the Mine or by employees of the Mine’s security unit. Such abhorrent abuse should have resulted in prosecutions of the men involved and the Mine employees who failed to report the abuse.