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 […]

Police swoop on Barrick employees

by Joshua Arlo, Post Courier (PNG), January 18th, 2011 POLICE have begun arresting terminated employees of the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) implicated in alleged sexual assaults against women and other serious crimes, with many more terminations and arrests expected in the coming weeks. Acting Police Commissioner Tony Wagambie and PJV announced this yesterday, stating that this is […]

latest killing and open fire shot out by Barrick private security force

One more unlawful shooting to death of an indigenous landowner at the Porgera Joint Venture Barrick mine site yesterday evening resulted in indigenous landowners confront Barrick. Related to the same shooting incident, of relatives of the late victim protest at the mine site Community Affairs Office today at about 12 o’clock demanding remorse for unlawful […]

New Harvard Report released detailing human rights abuses at Porgera Mine Site

In October & November 2009, the Canadian House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Intl. Development held hearings on “Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability”.  The following statements were made regarding issues including allegations of killings, rape & other security problems involving personnel at the Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea, as well as the […]

Three girls raped at Porgera Mine site

We have received a complaint that three young girls at the age around 14 years were taken into PJV Yoko 2 camp on the 18th June 2010 and raped by PJV engaged police mobile squads. Also the victims have reported the matter at the Paiam Police Station on the 19th June 2010 OB no#6288/10 with […]

PNG TO PROTEST TO CANADA: Porgerans respond to accusations about their advocacy abroad

At the outset, we write to establish our facts surrounding the sudden outburst by Member for Lagaip Porgera Hon. Philip Kikala in Parliament questioning about the rights of four Porgera villagers recent visit to Canada. The four villagers from Porgera where not there in Canada, trying to sell fabricated stories against Barrick Gold of Canada. […]

Indigenous Leaders from Papua New Guinea Accuse Barrick Gold of Abuses

Four members of the Ipili tribe of Porgera in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have travelled to Canada to demand that Barrick Gold address serious human rights abuses and environmental destruction related to Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture gold mine. Two of the Ipili are landowners and also part-owners of the Porgera Joint Venture mine. Long-standing allegations […]

Impacted Communities Confront Barrick Gold at Annual General Meeting

Indigenous representatives from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to speak at Barrick Gold’s annual shareholders meeting. At Barrick’s Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea, complaints include house burnings, forced displacement, and a food security crisis caused by the mine’s expanding waste dumps. At Barrick’s Pascua Lama project on the border […]

Statement of Mark Ekepa, Chairman of the Porgera Landowners Association at Barrick’s Annual General Meeting

My name is Mark Ekepa . I have come from Papua New Guinea with my fellow Ipili to speak at this meeting. I hold a proxy from Mr. David Wurfel. I am the chairman of the Porgera Landowners Association. I represent the traditional owners of the land that is now affected by Barrick’s Porgera Joint […]

Amnesty report on forced evictions near Porgera mine

Between April and July 2009, police officers in Papua New Guinea illegally and forcibly evicted people from their homes alongside one of the biggest mines in Papua New Guinea, the Porgera gold mine. People fled as their homes were burned by police. In some cases police assaulted and threatened people with firearms. One woman, a […]