Papua New Guinea: 119 sexual abuse survivors seek “fair and equal” compensation under Barrick’s remediation program; Barrick responds
119 indigenous women, all sexual abuse survivors who received compensation under Barrick’s Porgera Remediation Framework, sought the intervention of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in their appeal for compensation equal to that received by other survivors involved in a legal settlement. In its response, Barrick cited a 2015 review of the framework which concluded that the remedies provided were “appropriate, equitable and generous.” Details below.
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Author: MiningWatch Canada
16 Nov 2016
…[I]n an open letter to the United Nations, 119 indigenous women who were sexually assaulted by security guards at Barrick Gold’s mine in Porgera, Papua New Guinea appealed for UN intervention in their fight to obtain fair remedies from the company…
The letter, signed by all 119 women, states their grave dissatisfaction with the amount of compensation awarded under the company’s remedy mechanism, and asks for compensation equal to that received by eleven women who were represented by attorneys from US-based NGO EarthRights International. Those represented by EarthRights received a confidential settlement outside the remedy mechanism believed to be as much as four times greater than the amount the 119 women received.
Seeking equitable compensation, the women submitted their letter…at the 5th Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva…
With respect to the fairness of individual remedies provided under the Remediation Framework, we note that the independent review of the operation of the Porgera Remediation Framework, conducted by Enodo Rights in 2015, concluded that the remedies provided were appropriate, equitable and generous (the full assessment is available here). Enodo also noted that the compensation received was of far higher value than international precedent would suggest, and under human rights law, was considered to be complete.
Barrick and the Porgera Joint Venture 1 have previously responded to the findings and recommendations of the Enodo Rights report (available here). Since then, Barrick is advised that the Porgera Joint Venture has implemented a number of key reforms relevant to the report findings.