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 Mining Minister Responds to Munk’s Statement about Gang Rape, Porgera Alliance demands Accountability

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 […]

Letter to Peter Munk regarding his statement: “Gang Rape is a Cultural Habit”

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 […]

Human Rights Report Confirms Rapes by Security Guards at Barrick Mine in Papua New Guinea

see: 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 […]

Latest Rape in Porgera

LATEST INCIDENT Date of Incident: January 19, 2011 Name of Victim: Elssie Kumbi of Anawe village Porgera, Enga Province Papua New Guinea Location of incident: Mines Lime plant site, Kumbipara, Nature of Incident: Brutality and torture in an attempt to rape causing severe internal and external damage to body Incident: In the evening of January […]

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 […]

Toxic Non-Neutralized Tailings emitted from Barrick Gold’s Porgera Mine: Villagers poisoned (report w/testimonies)

The Porgera Alliance compiled the testimonies of 25 victims poisoned from an unusually high discharge of unneutralized waste at Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine. Mark Ekepa writes: Find attached is the report done from my end just on the 27th of July PJV Barrick have discharged heavy pure (not neutralized) into the river system (red wara). The villagers […]

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 […]