Organized to demand rights for the People of Papua New Guinea
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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 [...]

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Jethro and Mark Ekepa from the Porgera Alliance visit the UN

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Mining Minister Response

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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