Barrick Gold Responds to Akali Tange Association Rejoinder
"The ATA reiterates many of the inaccurate allegations raised in Facing Finance’s report about the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV)1 on which Barrick has already provided a detailed response in July 2018. As such, rather than repeat our position on these matters, we point interested readers to our original response (available here).
However, we are concerned about the ATA’s troubling assertion that abuses by PJV’s security officers and the police are ‘common’ in the Porgera Valley. Both Barrick and the PJV take these allegations seriously and urge the ATA to provide any information it may have to the police, mine management, or Mr. Ila Geno, the Independent Observer of the Porgera Police Operations.
There have been virtually no allegations – and no allegations found to be credible – of abuses by PJV security personnel since 2010. We believe this is due in part to the important actions the mine has taken over the past eight years to prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place..."