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Human rights abuse used to be the work of repressive governments, but increasingly corporations are getting into the act. Barrick has benefited from a number of these abuses. In late 2005, Canada’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs lamented that “Canada does not yet have laws to ensure that the activities of Canadian mining companies in developing countries conform to human rights standards, including the rights of workers and indigenous peoples."


New Rape Allegations Emerge From Canadian Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea
by Hilary BeaumontVice News
December 3rd, 2015
The very same day Harvard and Columbia released a report critical of how the largest gold mining company in the world dealt with rampant rape allegations at its Papua New Guinea mine, three men say the mine's guards forced them at gunpoint to perform sex acts on one another.

Barrick Gold urged to come clean on rape victims' compensation
Radio New Zealand
September 29th, 2015
There are lingering tensions among victims of rape by employees of Canadian miner Barrick Gold at its Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea's Enga province. Barrick Gold is being urged to come clean about its varying levels of compensation for victims.

Porgera’s new joint owner has a terrible record in China
by Yang ChuanminThe Guardian UK
Chinese Zijin Mining has bought a 49.5% stake in Barrick Gold’s already troubled Porgera mine. The new owner has a terrible environmental and human rights record in China

Barrick AGM statement by Jethro Tulin, Executive officer of Porgera Alliance and Akali Tange Association
by Jethro TulinPorgera Alliance, Akali Tange Association
April 28th, 2015

Barrick Settlement on Rapes and Killings in Papua New Guinea Proof that Victims Need Independent Legal Counsel
Mining Watch
April 3rd, 2015
April 3, 2015. Today, eleven of at least 120 women who claim to have been raped and gang raped by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, and three of many more men and their families who claim to have been the victims of violence and killing by security guards, finally got equitable settlements. These fortunate claimants were the clients of lawyers with US-based EarthRights International, who was prepared to file legal cases on their behalf.

Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes
by Karen McVeighGuardian
April 3rd, 2015
Watchdog reported pattern of extreme sexual violence by security workers 11 tribal women said a previous ‘remedy framework’ for 137 women fell short

200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner
by Rick FeneleySydney Morning Herald
April 3rd, 2015
Out-of-court settlement prevents human rights group EarthRights International filing a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States.

Barrick faces multi-billion dollar suit over Porgera mine
by Cecilia JamasmieMining.com
March 19th, 2015
Canada's Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX:ABX), in the midst of a worldwide assets sale to help reduce net debt by at least $3 billion, has something else to worry about these days, as the firm is now facing a legal threat in Papua New Guinea.

Mine Landowners: Settle issues first
Post Courier
February 19th, 2015
Landowners along the Pogera river who were affected by environmental damages caused by the Porgera Gold Mine have petitioned the government to intervene on their request for the developer Barrick Gold to compensate them for the damages caused to their environment and river systems.

VIDEO: an inside look at Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea
This film originally appeared on French Television and offers an inside look on the ground at Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea.

Out-of-Court Settlement Good for Some Tanzanian Villagers – But Many Others Hindered from Participation by Barrick’s Grievance Mechanism
Mining Watch Canada and RAID
February 9th, 2015
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) recognise the significance of the settlement, announced on Friday 6 February 2015, of claims brought by Tanzanian villagers alleging that African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining) and its subsidiary were liable, through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine by police guarding the mine. The claims, brought by leading law firm Leigh Day, were denied by the companies.

Acacia settles with Tanzanian villagers over mine fatalities
Reuters
February 6th, 2015
Gold miner Acacia (ACAA.L), formerly known as African Barrick, has settled out of court with Tanzanian villagers wanting compensation in relation to fatal incidents at its North Mara mine, the law firm representing the claimants said on Friday.

Survivors of Rape by Barrick Gold Security Guards Offered “Business Grants” and “Training” in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights
Earthrights
November 21st, 2014
Approximately 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick Gold’s security guards in Papua New Guinea were asked to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training,” a reparations process that human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing as inadequate and designed to protect the Canadian gold company rather than remedy the abuses.

Barrick Gold faces court in London
Mining Watch
November 6th, 2014
London-based African Barrick Gold is being sued in the United Kingdom by Tanzanian villagers for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by security and police guarding the company’s North Mara mine.

‘Please tell people about this:’ London students’ horror at Dominican Republic mines
by Mark SpowartMetro
October 27th, 2014
Three London students were shocked by what they found last winter during a trip to the Dominican Republic. Canadian mining companies, they say, are destroying lives in the country.

Barrick Gold refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning
by Karl NerenbergRabble.ca
September 12th, 2014
On Wednesday of this past week, a representative of thousands of people who live in the highlands of Papua New Guinea together with Canadian supporters came to Parliament Hill to tell Canadians about the highlanders' troubled relationship with Barrick Gold.

Increased Violence at Barrick’s Porgera Mine: Indigenous Ipili send Envoy from Papua New Guinea to Canada
Mining Watch
September 11th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has long been associated with extreme violence against local men and women by mine security and state police associated with the mine. The level of human rights abuses at the mine has spiked again this year. In April, combined state police and army units were once again “called out” to Porgera by the PNG government to deal with Barrick’s ongoing inability to stop local people displaced by the mine from entering the pit and the mine’s massive uncontained waste flows in a desperate attempt to eke out a living from residual gold.

Killings at UK-owned Tanzanian gold mine alarm MPs
by Tracy McVeighThe Observer
July 19th, 2014
Killings at a British-owned gold mine in east Africa have alarmed a group of MPs, lawyers and human rights campaigners, who have called on the British government to intervene.

Porgera Burns: The case for resettlement has never been more clear
June 9th, 2014
"Porgera Burns" read headlines this morning in Papua New Guinea's daily newspaper. More than 200 houses were burnt to the ground, it reports, and angry villagers retaliated by attacking an Australian mine worker. This isn't the first time that security forces have burnt down hundreds of houses next to Barrick's mine, and this recent violent episode underscores the need to meet the community's demand to be resettled away from the dangerous mine site.

Porgera Burns: 200 houses razed, expat attacked in retaliation over raid on local miners
by Johnny PoiyaPost Courier (PNG) (via PNG Mine Watch)
June 9th, 2014
MORE than 200 houses were burnt to the ground in Porgera by security personnel in the call-out operation during an early morning raid on Friday.

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