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In Papua New Guinea, Barrick dumps toxic mine tailings directly into the river. Meanwhile, the original landowners complain of a lack of compensation and infrastructure development, and a lack of access to Barrick officals. There is also a large-scale human rights crisis involving the death and injury of small scale miners near the mine site.

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Porgera’s new joint owner has a terrible record in China
by Yang ChuanminThe Guardian UK
Chinese Zijin Mining has bought a 49.5% stake in Barrick Gold’s already troubled Porgera mine. The new owner has a terrible environmental and human rights record in China

Barrick AGM statement by Jethro Tulin, Executive officer of Porgera Alliance and Akali Tange Association
by Jethro TulinPorgera Alliance, Akali Tange Association
April 28th, 2015

Swedish Public Funds Drop Stocks over Ethics Concerns
Chief Investment Officer
April 9th, 2015
The Ethics Council, formed by four of Sweden’s national pension funds, has excluded three companies from investment portfolios after deciding further dialogue over their concerns would be fruitless.

Barrick Settlement on Rapes and Killings in Papua New Guinea Proof that Victims Need Independent Legal Counsel
Mining Watch
April 3rd, 2015
April 3, 2015. Today, eleven of at least 120 women who claim to have been raped and gang raped by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, and three of many more men and their families who claim to have been the victims of violence and killing by security guards, finally got equitable settlements. These fortunate claimants were the clients of lawyers with US-based EarthRights International, who was prepared to file legal cases on their behalf.

Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes
by Karen McVeighGuardian
April 3rd, 2015
Watchdog reported pattern of extreme sexual violence by security workers 11 tribal women said a previous ‘remedy framework’ for 137 women fell short

200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner
by Rick FeneleySydney Morning Herald
April 3rd, 2015
Out-of-court settlement prevents human rights group EarthRights International filing a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States.

Barrick faces multi-billion dollar suit over Porgera mine
by Cecilia JamasmieMining.com
March 19th, 2015
Canada's Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX:ABX), in the midst of a worldwide assets sale to help reduce net debt by at least $3 billion, has something else to worry about these days, as the firm is now facing a legal threat in Papua New Guinea.

Porgera Gold Mine Landowners claim $US4b from Barrick
Post Courier (PNG)
March 11th, 2015
MP Mangape says Barrick owes $US4 billion for breach of contract agreements including Special Mining Lease landowners’ resettlement packages, Fly in Fly Out agreement projects, infrastructure including roads and bridges, social and environmental damages. Mr Mangape on behalf of landowners from both Special Mining Lease (SML) and Lease for Mining Purposes (LMP) said the claim was genuine and if Barrick doesn’t pay, they will take it to the international arbitration.

Mine Landowners: Settle issues first
Post Courier
February 19th, 2015
Landowners along the Pogera river who were affected by environmental damages caused by the Porgera Gold Mine have petitioned the government to intervene on their request for the developer Barrick Gold to compensate them for the damages caused to their environment and river systems.

VIDEO: an inside look at Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea
This film originally appeared on French Television and offers an inside look on the ground at Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea.

Miner plans to sell Porgera stake
Post Courier (PNG)
February 17th, 2015
Mining Minister Byron Chan said Barrick Gold’s intention to sell 95 percent of shares is a commercial decision and the State has no control or privy over it. Meanwhile, Porgera Landowners Association chairman Tony Mark Ekepa said in a statement that before selling its 95 percent share off, the company must take into account the unresolved issues caused by the mine to the local communities for the past 25 years.

Survivors of Rape by Barrick Gold Security Guards Offered “Business Grants” and “Training” in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights
Earthrights
November 21st, 2014
Approximately 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick Gold’s security guards in Papua New Guinea were asked to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training,” a reparations process that human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing as inadequate and designed to protect the Canadian gold company rather than remedy the abuses.

Barrick Gold refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning
by Karl NerenbergRabble.ca
September 12th, 2014
On Wednesday of this past week, a representative of thousands of people who live in the highlands of Papua New Guinea together with Canadian supporters came to Parliament Hill to tell Canadians about the highlanders' troubled relationship with Barrick Gold.

Increased Violence at Barrick’s Porgera Mine: Indigenous Ipili send Envoy from Papua New Guinea to Canada
Mining Watch
September 11th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has long been associated with extreme violence against local men and women by mine security and state police associated with the mine. The level of human rights abuses at the mine has spiked again this year. In April, combined state police and army units were once again “called out” to Porgera by the PNG government to deal with Barrick’s ongoing inability to stop local people displaced by the mine from entering the pit and the mine’s massive uncontained waste flows in a desperate attempt to eke out a living from residual gold.

Porgera Burns: The case for resettlement has never been more clear
June 9th, 2014
"Porgera Burns" read headlines this morning in Papua New Guinea's daily newspaper. More than 200 houses were burnt to the ground, it reports, and angry villagers retaliated by attacking an Australian mine worker. This isn't the first time that security forces have burnt down hundreds of houses next to Barrick's mine, and this recent violent episode underscores the need to meet the community's demand to be resettled away from the dangerous mine site.

Porgera Burns: 200 houses razed, expat attacked in retaliation over raid on local miners
by Johnny PoiyaPost Courier (PNG) (via PNG Mine Watch)
June 9th, 2014
MORE than 200 houses were burnt to the ground in Porgera by security personnel in the call-out operation during an early morning raid on Friday.

Protesters to Barrick Gold shareholders: "We don't need gold, stop the unnecessary suffering": AGM Protest brings needed truth to corporate meeting
by Sakura SaundersProtestbarrick.net
April 30th, 2014
Over 100 people participated in a protest against Barrick Gold outside the company's annual general meeting this year. This annual protest highlights the realities and demands of communities living next to Barrick's mines around the world.

Barrick Gold Faces Demonstration Against Human Rights, Environmental Abuses at Toronto AGM
by Tim McSorleyDeSmog
Barrick Gold's shareholders will be greeted by a familiar sight in Toronto this morning: protesters are once again gathering outside the Annual General Meeting of the world's largest gold mining company to denouce the corporation's human rights and environmental abuses.

"Illegal miners" hit Porgera
The National (PNG)
February 6th, 2014
A briefing from Barrick disclosed the following: An average of 396 illegal miners are trespassing on the special mining lease (SML) per day; An average of 14 confrontations occurred per day between company security men and illegal miners; About 170 injuries that were directly attributed to the activities of Illegal Miners at PJV were reported;

African Barrick to compensate assault victims
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
December 19th, 2013
A Canadian-owned gold company says it is giving cash payments and other compensation to 14 women who were sexually assaulted by police and security guards at its controversial North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. The case began when about 10 women alleged that they were arrested at the North Mara mine site and sexually assaulted by company security guards or Tanzanian police. The incidents occurred over a period of several years before their public disclosure in a company statement in May, 2011. The women told the investigators that they were taken to holding cells and threatened with imprisonment if they refused to have sex with the police or guards.

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