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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Background – Issues Related to Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea May 2011

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Porgera Special Mining Lease (SML) Landowners Association Statement on Amnesty International Report

Porgera SML Landowners Association (PLOA) is a duly incorporated organization under the laws of Papua New Guinea (PNG) by seven (7) major indigenous land owning clans represented by 25 Agent Committees from where the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) Barrick gold mine is located in the central highlands of PNG. PLOA takes the first opportunity to […]