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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 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.

PNG: Deadly clashes between locals & the world's biggest gold mining company
by Peter BoyleGreen Left Weekly
December 6th, 2013
Violent clashes have once again erupted between local people, police and company security guards at the giant Porgera gold and silver mine in Papua New Guinea's highlands, operated and largely owned by the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold – the world's biggest gold mining company.

BREAKING: Riots in Porgera Barrick Security kill local miners, spark deadly confrontation
by compiled reports from Jethro Tulin
Barrick security violence triggers thousands to riot.

Shifting Prospects
by Tim ElliotSydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend
In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, the locals are largely locked out of the wealth of a lucrative goldmine. Tim Elliott meets a few brave young men determined to claim just a tiny piece of pie.

Open letter to Corporate Knights regarding Barrick's placement at #4 on "Best 50 of 2013"
by ProtestBarrick.net
June 14th, 2013
I am writing in response to your recent "Best 50 of 2013" listing, where you place Barrick Gold in the position of 4th best corporate citizen. You acknowledged that awarding them this honour would stir controversy, as you acknowledge the company has many accusations placed against it for human rights abuses, and even the Chilean government recently shut down its Pascua Lama project due to "environmental irregularities". Still, referencing "publicly disclosed data points that can be compared across companies", you insist that Barrick is a corporate leader.

Corporate Knights defend abusive corporations
by Sakura SaundersAn edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
June 13th, 2013
You only need to check out Corporate Knights magazine’s just-issued Best 50 Corporate Citizens In Canada index to get that “clean capitalism” is all show, no substance.

Why NZ Super dumped Barrick Gold
by Tim HunterTimaru Herald via stuff.co.nz
Why NZ Super dumped Barrick Gold

New Zealand Superannuation Fund excludes Barrick Gold and subsidiary African Barrick Gold on responsible investment grounds
New Zealand Superannuation Fund
May 13th, 2013
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has excluded global mining company Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiary African Barrick Gold from its $22 billion investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds.

Barrick’s environmental foes jump on wobbly miner
by  MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT Globe and Mail
April 25th, 2013
The long term outlook for Barrick shares hinges on many factors: the gold price is obviously the biggest driver, but the company also faces vociferous opposition from environmentalists and many residents around its mine sites, which should be a long term worry for shareholders.

Barrick AGM Protest in pictures
protestbarrick.net
April 24th, 2013
Protesters braved the rain to send a message to shareholders of Barrick Gold: "Barrick is a toxic asset, invest in life!" (all photos Allan.Lissner.net)

New Report! "Debunking Barrick"
by multiple authorsProtestBarrick
April 23rd, 2013
As Protest Barrick completes its sixth year of working with communities impacted by Barrick Gold, we are publishing a different kind of alternative annual report. We have noticed over the years that despite some of Barrick`s major abuses coming into light, the company has been able to maintain – within select circles – a reputation for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Meanwhile, around the world, Barrick’s name is still associated with corruption, abuse and environmental harms.

2012-13: Un mal año para Barrick
April 19th, 2013
Extracto de "Debunking Barrick", un informe anual alternativo sobre Barrick Gold.

2012-13: A bad year for Barrick
excerpt of "Debunking Barrick", an alternative annual report on Barrick Gold
April 18th, 2013
Before you think about investing in Barrick, check out this timeline of actions against Barrick's operations around the world since last July.

CONFRONT BARRICK: 2013 AGM Protest and Alternative Annual Report!
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world’s most powerful gold mining corporation converge in downtown Toronto. This year, we're releasing a report that chronicles Barrick's lies and highlights the true stories behind their false CSR spin. Help us ensure that these stories don't get ignored.

Beyond the Headlines: Porgera in Crisis
by Sakura Saundersfrom report "Debunking Barrick"
In May 2009, Jethro Tulin was interviewed on the CBC’s As it Happens, reporting about the fact that over 300 houses were burnt down by police next to Barrick’s Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The news hit the front page of newspapers in PNG, citing the Jethro’s interviews from North America. Even the Sydney Morning Herald – the largest newspaper in Australia – ran an entire series of feature articles on the Porgera situation, while Amnesty International and the Coalition on Housing Rights and Evictions both made public statements condemning the house burnings.

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