"Walking the Talk" conference panel presentation, September 27, 2010

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Barrick Gold Makes Remedy Victims of Violence and Rape in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania Conditional on Legal Immunity

Since January, 2013, MiningWatch Canada has raised concern about the fact that Barrick Gold is seeking legal immunity from victims of rape by mine security guards at the company’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). If these survivors accept an individual "remedy" package they must sign a waiver that assures Barrick that they will never sue the company in PNG or anywhere else in the world.

We have engaged the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNHCHR) on this issue. In December 2013 we discovered a similar program for victims of rape and violence at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine in Tanzania. We call on Barrick to provide greater transparency on the North Mara program for victims of the mines security guards and police.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

News release: (Ottawa/Oxford, 5 August 2014) A human rights assessment conducted between late June and mid-July 2014 at UK-listed African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine Ltd. in Tanzania by MiningWatch Canada and the British NGO, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), confirms reports of ongoing excessive use of force by police guarding the mine, resulting in deaths and serious injuries of villagers from the surrounding area.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On July 17 MiningWatch received a response from mining company HudBay to our July 10, 2014 news release and brief: Canadian Mining Watchdog Warns Arizonans of HudBay Minerals’ Poor Track Record on Pollution and Human Rights. In its letter HudBay provides additional contextual information regarding the concerns we raise about its Manitoba operations and disputes the facts we presented about the violence at the company's former operation in Guatemala.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In response to Russell Hallbauers’ Revenue sharing would assist communities in need, the Tsilhqot’in National Government stands in support for our Tribal Chairman Chief Joe Alphonse.