Tanzania: NGO urges Barrick Gold to address alleged human rights issues at subsidiary's mine ahead of proposed merger with Randgold, company responds

Rights and Accountability in Development has written to top executives at Barrick Gold and Randgold Resources ahead of the merger between the two companies, warning them about human rights abuses at Acacia Mining’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania. Acacia Mining is a subsidiary of Barrick Gold. The letter describing an alleged  pattern of human rights abuses by security personnel and Tanzanian police operating jointly at Acacia’s North Mara. Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Acacia Mining to respond. Acacia Mining denied the allegations and said its North Mara’s grievance process meets the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Company response
9 November 2018

Acacia Mining's response

Author: Acacia Mining

"Acacia Mining's repsonse"

“Acacia has consistently refuted allegations from RAID over a number of years, and in our 2017 Annual Report published data showing the allegations to be inaccurate.  RAID’s critiques and the Mine’s responses with regard to the revised CGP, for example, are available on Acacia’s website.   

Contrary to RAID’s inaccurate suggestions of a growing security and human rights crisis at North Mara, and as is explicitly reported at page 60 of the Acacia 2017 Annual Report, in the four years between 2014 and 2017 six people are reported to have lost their lives on the North Mara mine site as a result of confrontations with members of the local police (one in 2017), and no-one is reported as having lost their lives in incidents involving the Mine’s security personnel. 

 Over the last five years, North Mara has devoted significant time, effort and investment into local community relations which has resulted in a dramatic improvement in its relationship with the community.  It also has focused on promoting human rights compliance by the Tanzanian Police Force, which has dramatically improved the force’s operational capabilities and adherence to Tanzanian, regional and international standards for policing. North Mara continues to run consultation processes on its revised community grievance process.  We believe that North Mara’s grievance process meets the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and we continue to welcome feedback from RAID and others in the consultation.”

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9 November 2018

RAID urges Barrick Gold & Randgold Resources to ensure alleged human rights at Acacia Mining's site are addressed

Author: Rights & Accountability in Development (UK)

"Barrick and Randgold Warned About Rights Abuses Ahead of Merger"

Top executives at Barrick Gold and Randgold Resources have been warned about human rights abuses at Acacia Mining’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania ahead of the merger between the two companies due to be voted on by shareholders this week. If approved the new merger would create the largest gold mining company in the world valued at $18bn (£13.7bn).

...RAID, a watchdog that exposes corporate human rights violations in Africa, wrote detailed letters to John Thornton, Barrick’s Executive Chairman, and Mark Bristow, Rangold’s Chief Executive Officer, describing a disturbing pattern of human rights abuses by security personnel and Tanzanian police operating jointly at Acacia’s North Mara Mine. Barrick holds a 63.9 per cent stake in Acacia Mining, which is London listed, and has pre-emptive rights to acquire gold mining businesses and exploration right in Africa.

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9 November 2018

RAID's letter to Barrick Gold

Author: Rights & Accountability in Development (UK)

"Human Rights Obligations at North Mara Mine and Implications for the Merger with Randgold"

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9 November 2018

RAID's letter to Randgold Resources

Author: Rights & Accountability in Development (UK)

"Human Rights Abuses at Acacia Mining and Proposed Merger with Barrick Gold"

 

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