Landowners respond to 50% sale of Porgera Mine to Zijin Mining Group

The Porgera Landowners Association sent a letter to the head office of Barrick Gold outlining their concerns about the sale of 50% of their Porgera Mine stake to Zijin Mining Group. They are calling for Barrick to convene a high level delegates meeting with stakeholders of the Porgera Mine, including Zijin, so that these concerns […]

UNPFII 14th session: Statement by Akali Tange Association and endorsed by the Pacific Caucus

Item 4: Half-day discussion on the Pacific region 21 April 2015 Statement byAkali Tange Association and endorsed by the Pacific Caucus.   We would like to begin our statement in addressing the fact that while we here at the United Nations talk of human rights violations in the context of the pillaging and plundering of […]

Porgera Landowners petition PNG Government with Ultimatum regarding Barrick’s intention to sell Porgera Mine

Today, Porgera Landowners petitioned the PNG Government with an ultimatum in response to Barrick’s announcement that it intends to sell off its stake in the Porgera Mine. According to the petition, the government has until Feb 25, 2015 to respond to the landowners request that the government deal with unresolved issues at the mine before […]

Massive Protests in Porgera over violation to MOA agreement with landowners

On October 28, 2014, hundreds of Porgerans marched onto Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine site to demand benefits that rightfully belong to the Porgera Special Mining Lease (SML) Landowners. On Oct 17, Barrick Gold was given a 48 hour ultimatum to respond to requests by landowners at their controversial Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea. The first demand, […]

Porgera Landowners Press Statement in response to “Illegal Miners Hit Porgera”

This press statement is released directly in relation to a news articles read EMTV news segment and print news The National 6 February 2014 “ Illegal Miners Hit Porgera”. Chairman of Porgera Landowners Association, Tony Mark Ekepa says that the issues surrounding the illegal mining activity at the mine site is not a new development […]

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 […]

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 […]

Massive Arrest – Porgera

Dear Editor, This morning, the Porgera Mine Police arrested 45 local Porgerans along the riverine tailings while they were panning gold. This local landowners live in the Special mining Leased area (SML). Their homes have not been relocated since the mine granting the Special Mining Lease and the licence to mine. This people’s land ones […]