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Barrick Gold's environmental & human rights impacts detailed in CorpWatch report

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11 May 2007

The Facts & CorpWatch

Author: Barrick Gold

A recently released report by CorpWatch, subtitled Communities Worldwide Respond to Gold Mining’s Impacts, lacks both accuracy and integrity... The CorpWatch report does not represent the mainstream views of the communities where Barrick operates... The report is nothing more than a compilation and regurgitation of salacious (and typically false) allegations made by a collection of unaccountable anti-mining NGOs... Barrick will address the substance of the CorpWatch report in a comprehensive manner in due course. However, the company would like to take this opportunity to address some of the egregious claims now. [sections on "Barrick constructively engages with communities", "Respecting Human Rights", "Responsible Mining and the environment"]

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1 May 2007

[PDF] Barrick's Dirty Secrets: Communities Worldwide Respond to Gold Mining's Impacts

Author: CorpWatch

This report...presents numerous examples in which Barrick's interests and the interests of the communities in which they operate are pitted directly against each other. From avoiding responsibility for the destructive environmental legacy of their projects...to employing police who violently suppress (and sometimes kill) mine critics, Barrick's power in these struggles creates a compelling case for intervention. [includes sections on "Water depletion, heavy metal pollution, cyanide"; human rights case studies on Peru & Tanzania, "Affected Communities" in Australia, Papua New Guinea, USA; Pascua Lama litigation (Chile/Argentina); "Barrick's legacy" in Canada & Philippines; "Community Victory" about Famatina (Argentina); "UN CERD Recommendation" (UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination); "Social Responsible Investment? (a critique)". Also refers to Placer Dome (now part of Barrick), Antamina, Homestake Mining (part of Barrick), Compañía Minera Nevada (part of Barrick)]

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