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Group calls on Canada to study mine murder claims [Tanzania]

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21 April 2008

Independent Report at Bulyanhulu [Tanzania]

Author: Barrick Gold

The Bulyanhulu site in Tanzania was the subject of controversy in recent years associated with unsubstantiated allegations of improper actions by the previous owner of the property that led to the death of artisanal miners in 1996. Numerous investigations by Tanzanian authorities, and subsequently by Barrick, had found no credible basis for the allegations... On October 29, 2002 the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of the World Bank issued a report summarizing its assessment of allegations concerning Bulyanhulu made by the Lawyers Environmental Action Team (LEAT). Most seriously, the complaint alleged the death of artisanal miners during land clearing in 1996, prior to Barrick’s acquisition of...Sutton Resources Ltd. in 1999... The Report generally discredited the allegations and concluded that no further action could usefully be taken by the ombudsman. It stated that there is no compelling evidence to support the version of events alleged by LEAT...

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27 September 2001

Group calls on Canada to study mine murder claims [Tanzania]

Author: Scott Anderson, Reuters

A group of international human rights activists called on the Canadian government on Thursday to look into allegations of mass murder and forced relocations at a Tanzanian mine now owned by Barrick Gold Corp. But the Canadian gold miner, which acquired the Bulyanhulu project as part of its 1999 acquisition of Sutton Resources Ltd., said the accusations are nothing more than ``a rehash of old allegations.'' The Lawyers' Environmental Action Team, based in Tanzania, said it has new evidence to support claims that thousands of small-scale miners were cleared from the gold-rich site and another group of 52 were buried alive in August 1996.

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