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 […]

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 […]

PRESS STATEMENT: Victory! Victims of abuse receive compensation

We at Porgera Alliance are pleased to Claim Victory on out of court settlement  entered by our lawyers from Earth Rights International in the USA and Barrick Gold of Canada on agreement to pay compensation to issues connected with human rights abuses at the Porgera mine site, (Rapes and Killing) after many many tears of struggle to seek justice and relief. […]

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 […]

Porgera Burns: Police set homes of “illegal miners” in Wingima ablaze again

UPDATE ON WINGIMA HOME BURNINGS: (reporting from Jethro Tulin) 1. A Total of 87 permanent structured were burnt down 2. At the time of the raid, two women where raped according to witness. 3. 5 people were seriously injured and admitted to hospital. People feared the police and cases were not properly reported to police […]

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: [email protected], Phone: +(675) 5479428, cell: +(675) 71234467 Jethro Tulin: [email protected] +(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 […]