Papua New Guinea women and Barrick Gold settle claims of sexual assault and violence at Porgera mine

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4 April 2015

200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner

Author: Rick Feneley, Sydney Morning Herald

Eleven women and girls who were raped, gang-raped or violently molested in the Papua New Guinea Highlands have reached an out-of-court settlement with [Barrick Gold], having refused to accept the "insulting" compensation paid to 120 fellow victims...The Porgera community says security guards and mobile police at the mine have raped more than 200 women and girls over the past two decades…The 11 women were preparing to sue Barrick Gold in the United States, convinced they would be unable to find justice in PNG…EarthRights International had been scheduled to file a lawsuit late last month in Las Vegas…But the women reached an undisclosed settlement which is likely to be well above the 21,320 kina ($10,430) they say Barrick offered most of them. The settlement also covered the families of three people allegedly killed in violence at the mine.

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3 April 2015

Barrick Settlement on Rapes and Killings in Papua New Guinea Proof that Victims Need Independent Legal Counsel

Author: Mining Watch Canada

Today, eleven of at least 120 women who claim to have been raped and gang raped by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, and three of many more men and their families who claim to have been the victims of violence and killing by security guards, finally got equitable settlements. These fortunate claimants were the clients of lawyers with US-based EarthRights International, who was prepared to file legal cases on their behalf. “This case proves once again that victims of criminal acts at the hands of employees of companies such as Barrick Gold absolutely require truly independent legal counsel to ensure their legal and human rights are protected,” says Catherine Coumans of MiningWatch Canada.

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3 April 2015

Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes

Author: Karen McVeigh, Guardian (UK)

A Canada-based gold mining company is paying compensation to a group of tribal women and girls who allege they were assaulted and raped by police and security guards at the company’s mine in Papua New Guinea. The 11 women…are among 137 local Enga women and girls who had previously been compensated by Barrick Gold Corporation…Most of the 137 women accepted the company’s offer of a compensation package under a “remedy framework” set up by Barrick as an alternative to the local judicial system...But 11 of the women initially refused… [EarthRights International (ERI)], who have worked with the community in Porgera since 2012, have been negotiating a settlement with Barrick over the past two weeks…The terms mean that ERI will not file litigation on behalf of the 14 clients, it said.

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3 April 2015

Survivors Who Alleged Rape and Killing at Papua New Guinea Mine Pleased With Barrick Gold Settlement

Author: EarthRights International

EarthRights International (ERI) and Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold mining company, released the following statement today: “Barrick Gold Corporation and EarthRights International (ERI) have negotiated a settlement of claims by 14 individuals from Papua New Guinea (“PNG”), represented by ERI, in relation to a variety of alleged acts of violence concerning the Porgera Mine in PNG.  Eleven of these individuals are women with claims alleging acts of sexual violence, including rape.  Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, the women will receive compensation under the Porgera Remedy Framework, and a payment in connection with their participation in the mediation process which led to the resolution of their claims.  The remaining claims, which relate to alleged deaths, were lodged through the operational grievance mechanism at Porgera, and have also been resolved.  All claimants are pleased with this resolution.”