Download this letter from the Government Mining Minister demanding apologyÂ from Peter Munk for his statement about gang rape being a “cultural habit”Â in PNG.
The following is the Porgera Alliance’s response the official response of Barrick’s Gary Halverson to the outrage cause by Peter Munk’s insensitive comments.
Gary Halverson, Barrick Asia Pacific President’s response to public outcry over Peter Munk’s statement was shortÂ sighted and bad taste (Post Courier Monday 28 2011). The factsÂ surrounding the rapes cases at the Porgera mine site reflects aÂ pattern of continuous human rights violations at Porgera and it wasÂ not surprise for Mr. Halverson to say Mr. Munkâ€™s comments taken out ofÂ context.
How can a man of Munks standing globally, a chairman of the worldâ€™sÂ largest gold producer says â€œGang Rape A Cultural habitâ€ in PNG andÂ yet, one of his deputies defend him saying he was taken out ofÂ context. We understand that Munk is a no nonsense man and he meantÂ what he said.
Porgera Landowners Association through Porgera Alliance rang the bellÂ on Barrick, exposing such in-humane activities in Porgera and demandingÂ accountability for the crimes.
We stand with the Minister for Mining and the Government of Papua NewÂ Guinea in demanding an apology, but we deserve more than thatÂ from Peter Munk and Barrick. Rapes and other forms of human rights abusesÂ are the culture of Munk and Barrick pattern of operations globally.Â The Government of Papua New Guinea must act now to hold BarrickÂ accountable for the crimes instead of just an apology. Evidence ofÂ transnational crimes has surfaced and the government of PNG mustÂ not shy away with a shallow defensive apology from Halverson to saveÂ Munk’s ass.
Cash for land deals by transnational under pretext of social wages canÂ be accepted but not with the kind of taste that we have experienced soÂ far with Barrick in Porgera.
Ipilis, Engans and PNG in general were a civilized society beforeÂ western civilization. We had rules and laws guiding our way of life,Â far better than Munks way of business and life. Rape or Gang rape isÂ unheard until recent times around our so-called urban centers and weÂ do not promote or tolerate such crimes in our rural society.
Mark Tony Ekepa