Tanzania: MiningWatch's video claims Acacia Mining failed to provide redress for women sexually abused at mine

MiningWatch Canada has released a video of women living in villages around Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania allegedly suffered sexual violence at the hands of private and public (police) mine security at the North Mara mine. They discuss the inadequacies of the remedy they have received from the mine’s grievance mechanism, and the ongoing hardship they continue to suffer as a result of their rapes. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Acacia to respond to the allegations. Acacia has denied neglecting the women. 

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3 July 2018

Acacia's response

Author: Acacia Mining

"Response to a June 2018 blog post and video by MiningWatch Canada"

By their title - “Women Speak Out About Abuse at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine in Tanzania” - MiningWatch’s new blog post and video incorrectly suggest that there are new and previously unreported allegations of sexual abuse at the Mine, and that the Mine has ignored or neglected the victims of those alleged abuses. The video itself shows this not to be true, however. It does not discuss or raise new allegations of abuse and, as far as the Mine is aware, there have not been any such new allegations. In addition, the video does not constitute a balanced inquiry into the complex human rights situation at the Mine and in the North Mara region of Tanzania more generally. The Mine therefore requests MiningWatch to reconsider the title of its video, and to include the Mine’s response...

...[If] the women featured or referred to in MiningWatch’s video do choose to return to the CGP to seek a review of their grievances and the remedies they were provided, as we encourage them to do, the Mine will also have the opportunity to examine with them whether their allegations and grievances could have been handled better, including whether different forms of remedy should have been provided.

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3 July 2018

Women allegedly sexually abused at Acacia' mine claim company has neglected them

Author: MiningWatch Canada

"Women Speak Out About Abuse at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine in Tanzania"

In a video released by MiningWatch Canada, women living in villages around Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania speak out publicly for the first time about the sexual violence they suffered at the hands of private and public (police) mine security at the North Mara mine. They also discuss the inadequacies of the remedy they have received from the mine’s grievance mechanism, and the ongoing hardship they continue to suffer as a result of their rapes...

This video highlights the ongoing impacts suffered by these victims of sexual assault by mine security and the continued need for equitable and sustainable remedy for the long-lasting harms they and their dependents have endured.

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