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Tanzania: Deaths, injuries at Barrick mine linked to displacement, loss of livelihoods

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8 June 2011

Response by Barrick Gold: Security guards at Barrick mine accused of wanton violence & killings, preventing families from holding burial services for dead.

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7 June 2011

[PDF] Response to Article on North Mara Mine, Tanzania

Author: Barrick Gold

Barrick and ABG have been proactive in communicating accurate and substantive reports concerning the May 16, 2011 violent confrontation between a large group of intruders and police at the mine, which resulted in loss of life...Barrick is a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and its policies and those of ABG are clear. Both companies are aligned in their zero tolerance approach to human rights violations. Should human rights violations occur at any operation, we will not hide from the truth. At the same time, we will not hesitate to correct the record whenever necessary. The following highlights some of the inaccuracies contained in the Saunders article...

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26 May 2011

Barrick's Body-snatchers: Wanton killings, criminalization, and degradation continue at the North Mara Mine in Tanzania

Author: Sakura Saunders in Dominion [Canada]

On May 16, over 1,000 people entered a mine in northern Tanzania, desperate to collect whatever gold they could from the modern industrial site that used to be their bread and butter. But instead of providing the displaced artisanal miners with a boost to their meager income, the day ended in horror...[Also refers to Afrika Mashariki Gold Mines]

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25 May 2011

Recent police action at North Mara, Tanzania

Author: Barrick Gold

The recent violent confrontation and loss of life at African Barrick Gold’s (ABG) North Mara mine is deeply concerning to Barrick and ABG. African Barrick Gold is working with the Tanzanian government and police to address this situation...Both police and company investigations are now underway into the fatal shootings, which involved Tanzanian police. ABG security was not involved in these fatal incidents and, generally, does not deal with incursions of this magnitude and level of organization.

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