Righting Wrongs?: Columbia and Harvard Law School produce report on Porgera

Jethro Tulin commended the Columbia and Harvard Law Schools, as well as lawyers Sarah Knuckey and Tyler Giannini,  for their excellent independent reporting in “Righting Wrongs? Barrick Gold’s Remedy Mechanism for Sexual Violence in Papua New Guinea: Key Concerns and Lessons Learned“. (download report here)

Tulin also stated, “Catherine Coumans (Canada), Natalie Lowery (Australia), Teacha Beaumont (Australia), Sakura Saunders (United States) and many other names not mentioned, we all started together in this struggle some 10 years ago and you all know the full story. Barrick through out the entire remedy framework implementation, did avoided contact and isolated myself and Tony Mark Ekepa in totality but the report tells the full story, we the Porgera Alliance team in Porgera, Mark Tony Ekepa, Jethro Tulin, Jeffery Simon, David Mandi, Robert Taropen, Aron Robin Pes Kiwale and many others names not mentioned, despite Barrick’s controlled isolating us from a struggle that we are deeply connected, the Righting Wrongs? report sets the record correctly. We stand tall.”

Natalie Lowrey wrote of the report, “it pains me to have to even post the following report which is a three year study that highlights the ongoing abuses of the mining industry. In this case the brutal rapes and gang rapes of women in Porgera, Papua New Guinea, at the hands of staff employed by the worlds largest gold miner, Barrick Gold. Barrick finally admitted to the rapes, most of the 120 rape survivors were compensated with less than $6,000 and had to sign waivers that gives Barrick legal immunity i.e. they cannot sue the company.”

View the report here: http://www.rightingwrongsporgera.com/

Thanks to Sarah Knuckey, MiningWatch Canada, and the Human Rights Legal Clinics at Harvard and Colombia Law Schools for there work in exposing this atrocity.

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