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14 Aug 2020

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More Tanzanian human rights victims join UK legal action against Barrick

Three more Tanzanian victims have joined a legal claim in British courts against Barrick Gold subsidiaries for serious human rights violations at the company’s North Mara gold mine in northern Tanzania. Barrick’s subsidiaries have now been served with the proceedings relating to the new claims with the final documents being served last Friday (7 August). 

The initial claim was issued in the British High Court in February 2020 on behalf of seven human rights victims against Barrick Tz Limited, formerly known as Acacia Mining, of which Barrick was the majority shareholder, and its Tanzanian subsidiary...

The new claimants allege that security forces guarding Barrick’s gold mine shot and killed members of their families...

The claimants say that it was the Tanzanian police, who are paid and equipped by the mine under an agreement requiring the police to coordinate security operations with mine personnel, who fired the lethal shots...

Barrick’s CEO, Mark Bristow, has previously acknowledged that “Acacia was an irresponsibly-run business” which was “not properly managed”.

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