Barrick Gold response re Amnesty International concerns over forced evictions and police violence near Porgera mine, Papua New Guinea

On 2 Feb 2010, Amnesty International issued a report “Undermining Rights: Forced evictions and police brutality around the Porgera gold mine, Papua New Guinea”. 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Barrick Gold to respond to both the report and to an Amnesty statement released on 9 Dec 2009, “Companies accept that police forced communities from their homes near Porgera mine”.

In response, Barrick Gold provided the following documents:

- Response re Porgera mine [PDF], Feb 2010
“Barrick does not disagree with AI’s assertion...that there was an event on 27 April 2009, in an area...adjacent to the Porgera mine which...resulted in the displacement of some number of people and the destruction of some number of structures...However, AI’s various accounts and understanding of, and explanations for, that incident do not appear to Barrick to be credible nor reliable.”

- Letter to Amnesty International [PDF], 14 Dec 2009
“In our view AI’s correspondence and press releases focus on and attempt to demonize Barrick and Porgera Joint Venture for their support of an initiative of the PNG police to restore law and order to the Porgera Valley.” 
     - Appendix A: “215 questions for Amnesty International regarding its investigative methodology”

Barrick Gold and Porgera Joint Venture also released a public statement:

- Barrick and Porgera Joint Venture statement on Amnesty International report, 2 Feb 2010