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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.

The Killing Continues at a Canadian-Owned Mine In Tanzania
by Chris OkeVice
April 19th, 2014
In the past three years, 69 people have been killed by police at the North Mara Gold Mine, according to Wilson Mangure, a local ward councillor who has been tracking the incidents. In that same period, hundreds more have been severely injured. And the violence continues. In the first month of 2014 alone, four more people were killed, he said.

A Pattern of Abuse: Human Rights at Risk at the North Mara Mine, Tanzania
by Mining Watch, London Mining Network, Rights and Accounctability in Development, COREMining Watch Canada
March 28th, 2014
There has been a long history of violence at ABG’s North Mara mine in Tanzania (‘the Mine’), including multiple deaths and injuries caused by Tanzanian police officers who are paid by the company to protect the Mine, as well as credible evidence of rapes of women by members of the Tanzanian police and employees of the Mine’s security unit.

"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;

One dead in clash at Tanzania gold mine
Agence France Presse
January 18th, 2014
One person was killed in clashes between police and thousands of villagers who stormed a gold mine in Tanzania operated by a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, police said on Saturday.

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.

High Court orders African Barrick Gold to stop suing Tanzanian villagers
by Leigh Day
London-based African Barrick Gold (ABG) failed yesterday to overturn a High Court injunction that prevents them from using what the judge described as a “Tanzanian Torpedo” against victims of violence. Law firm, Leigh Day, represents Tanzanian villagers who claim that ABG and its 100% subsidiary, North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) are liable for the deaths and injuries allegedly caused by the use of excessive force by mine security and police at the companies’ mine in Tanzania. Both companies deny the allegations.

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.

Philippines: Marinduque 'pushed to the wall' by Barrick Gold
by Catherine CoumansMining Watch Canada via
October 22nd, 2013
Canada’s Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company that bought out Placer Dome, has spent the better half of a decade fighting the province in court rather than owning up to the company’s responsibility to put things right in Marinduque. Once again, Marinduque is the bellwether, evidence that for all its rhetoric about “responsible mining,” the mining industry is still more concerned with its bottom line than in doing what’s right. In spite of a long legal struggle with competent American lawyers, on September 17, Marinduque provincial administrator Eleuterio Raza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Inquirer) that Barrick was offering the province around 20 million dollars, take it or leave it. According to the Inquirer “[t]he amount, however, would further be reduced to $13.5 million after litigation expenses had been paid. ‘These are crumbs,’ said Raza, ‘but we are being pushed to the wall.’” It is perfectly clear that this extremely low level of recovery from Barrick is woefully inadequate to protect the health and safety of Marinduquenos, which can only be secured through the comprehensive rehabilitation of all contaminated ecosystems and the stabilization or removal of shoddy dams and structures in the mountains of the island, as well as the tons of toxic waste that these dams are barely containing.

Tanzanian villagers sue London-based African Barrick Gold for deaths and injuries
Leigh Day Law Firm
July 30th, 2013
London law firm, Leigh Day, today (Tuesday 30 July) served African Barrick Gold (ABG) and North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) with legal proceedings filed in the UK High Court. The claim alleges that the companies are liable for the deaths and injuries of local villagers, including through complicity in the killing of at least 6 local villagers by police at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. The companies deny the allegations.

Tanzania: Tarime Boy Drowns in Gold Mine Sand Pit
by AMBROSE WANTAIGWATanzania Daily News
July 11th, 2013
THREE people died in separate incidents in Mara Region including a fifteen-year-old boy identified as Matiko Chacha who drowned in North Mara Mine's Gokona pit, police have said.

VIDEO: Diaguita Sing Against Barrick Gold
A video and song by Pedro Martinez, a member of the ethnic Diaguita who are opposed to Barrick Gold on their lands.

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"
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
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
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
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

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