Barrick Gold

Monday, April 7, 2014

MiningWatch Canada prepared this brief for an expert meeting on practical solutions to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights' “effectiveness criteria.”  The data for this brief is derived from the work of MiningWatch Canada and our local and international partners on a project-level non-judicial grievance mechanism at Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, as well as our initial engagement on a similar mechanism at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canada has a rising debt to mining-affected communities around the world. Meanwhile, aggressive government promotion of NGO-mining company partnerships is likely to be of greatest benefit to corporate public relations, and to restrain participating NGOs from joining the fight against corporate impunity in solidarity with affected communities and workers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Together with RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development), the London Mining Network, and CORE (the Corporate Responsibility coalition of the UK) have put together a briefing note for investors in UK mining company African Barrick Gold and its majority shareholder Barrick Gold Corporation regarding human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Friday, February 21, 2014

MiningWatch and Rights and Accountability in Development wrote this letter to the President and CEO of Barrick Gold, Jamie Sokalsky, to ask the company to come clean about the “remedy programs” that African Barrick Gold (a UK-registered company controlled by Barrick Gold) has established for alleged victims of harm and women who have been the victims of alleged sexual assault by police and site security personnel at the North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

News release: A previously confidential legal waiver forced to light by litigation in England raises serious questions about African Barrick Gold’s handling of alleged violence against civilians by police and security guards at its North Mara mine in Tanzania. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Since the mid-2000s the global mining industry, led by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in London, has been engaged in a re-branding exercise: marketing itself to the world as a vehicle for development, against overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Friday, November 29, 2013

In our June newsletter, we wrote about the ongoing abuse of the human rights of victims of rape by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea (95% owned, operated by Barrick).

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The 149th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington DC this Friday will hear from delegates from Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Chile and Brazil about the negative impacts of Canadian mining activities in the region, highlighting the Canadian government’s role.

Monday, October 28, 2013

News release: Barrick Gold is thumbing its nose at a recommendation by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for an independent review of Barrick’s handling of victims of rape by security guards at Barrick’s Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Rather, Barrick’s remedial programme is reportedly processing rape victims this month and requiring legal waivers in exchange for benefits packages.

Friday, October 18, 2013

In the Philippines, the island province of Marinduque is known as a cautionary tale about the ravages of irresponsible mining. It took Canadian mining giant Placer Dome a couple of decades to wreak environmental destruction on major coral reefs in Calancan Bay and to severely contaminate the Mogpog and Boac Rivers with toxic mine waste – none of which has ever been cleaned up. The ongoing environmental impacts are only part of the story.