UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Responds to Allegations Regarding Porgera “Remedy” Framework

In response to appeals from MiningWatch and many other groups, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued an opinion regarding the framework of remediation initiatives developed by Barrick Gold Corporation for women who have been victims of sexual violence by security personnel at the company’s Porgera mine in Papua […]

Barrick Under Global Pressure to Withdraw Conditions on Remedy for Papua New Guinea Rape Victims

Since January, 2013, MiningWatch Canada has raised concern about the fact that Barrick Gold is seeking legal immunity from victims of rape by mine security guards at the company’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). If these rape victims accept an individual remedy package they must sign a waiver that assures Barrick that they will […]

Indigenous Landowners release report demanding urgent resettlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mark T. Ekepa: emarktony@gmail.com, Phone: +(675) 5479428, cell: +(675) 71234467 Jethro Tulin: jctulin@gmail.com +(675) 72817336 The Porgera Land Owners Association (PLOA), in partnership with the Porgera Alliance released a report today detailing the case for the urgent resettlement of their people away from Barrick’s Porgera mine. The report covers the health […]

Porgera Issues Represented by Asia Pacific Caucus at United Nations

The Asia Pacific caucus statement at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues urged the Special Rapporteur to investigate the human rights crisis near Barrick’s Porgera mine. Whilst the Special Rapporteur has not yet visited the Indigenous peoples of Papua New Guinea for a country report, on 19 August 2008 a special communication was made […]

Customary Land Rights in Papua New Guinea loses to Mining Rights in National Court Decision

Landowners appeal to United Nations for support A recent landmark decision of the National Court that gives Porgera Joint Venture Company exclusive rights of occupancy to its Special Mining Lease (SML) could affect thousands of landowners living in major resource development project areas throughout the country. Meanwhile, landowners from Porgera have traveled to the United […]

Background – Issues Related to Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea May 2011

Violence Perpetrated by the Security Forces of the Porgera Joint Venture Mine Allegations of rapes, beatings and killings of community members by Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) security forces have been prevalent for at least a decade. In a news article in 2005 then-mine operator Canada’s Placer Dome admitted to eight killings of community members by […]

PNG Mining Minister Responds to Munk’s Statement about Gang Rape, Porgera Alliance demands Accountability

Download this letter from the Government Mining Minister demanding apology from Peter Munk for his statement about gang rape being a “cultural habit” 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 […]

Letter to Peter Munk regarding his statement: “Gang Rape is a Cultural Habit”

The President Barrick Gold Corporation Toronto, CANADA Attention: Peter Munk Subject: Gang Rape A “Cultural Habit”? We write to seek clarification of the terminology you used in the Globe and Mail saying that Gang Rape is a ‘Cultural Habit’ in Papua New Guinea, and we urge you to prove with facts and evidence of your […]

Human Rights Report Confirms Rapes by Security Guards at Barrick Mine in Papua New Guinea

see: http://www.miningwatch.ca/en/human-rights-report-confirms-rapes-security-guards-barrick-mine-papua-new-guinea Ottawa) A report released today by Human Rights Watch confirms allegations of gang rapes and other human rights abuses by security guards of Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). This important report represents but the latest attempt to raise public awareness about these long standing abuses at […]

Latest Rape in Porgera

LATEST INCIDENT Date of Incident: January 19, 2011 Name of Victim: Elssie Kumbi of Anawe village Porgera, Enga Province Papua New Guinea Location of incident: Mines Lime plant site, Kumbipara, Nature of Incident: Brutality and torture in an attempt to rape causing severe internal and external damage to body Incident: In the evening of January […]