Pakistan / Balochistan
|Barrick AGM Protest in pictures|
April 24th, 2013
Protesters braved the rain to send a message to shareholders of Barrick Gold: "Barrick is a toxic asset, invest in life!" (all photos Allan.Lissner.net)
|2012-13: A bad year for Barrick|
excerpt of "Debunking Barrick", an alternative annual report on Barrick Gold
April 18th, 2013
Before you think about investing in Barrick, check out this timeline of actions against Barrick's operations around the world since last July.
|CONFRONT BARRICK: 2013 AGM Protest and Alternative Annual Report!|
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world’s most powerful gold mining corporation converge in downtown Toronto. This year, we're releasing a report that chronicles Barrick's lies and highlights the true stories behind their false CSR spin. Help us ensure that these stories don't get ignored.
|A chronology of Canadian Government (in)action on mining abuses|
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
November 1st, 2012
A summary of the regulatory context of international mining in Canada, where 75% of the world's mining and exploration companies are based.
|The Burden of Reko Diq|
The International News (Pakistan)
November 5th, 2011
In September the Balochistan government raised 10 basic objections, accusing the TCC of violating laws and of not disclosing all the facts and data that it gathered during the exploration phase. The TCC was accused of providing a feasibility study for only a small part of the Reko Diq mines, said to be among the top three largest gold and copper deposits in the world. After a year of fighting the case, it seems that the TCC, or its parent company Barrick Gold, the largest gold mining company in the world, has given up its court battle inside Pakistan and is running to an international court of arbitration.
|UPDATE 1-Baluchistan objects to Antofagasta/Barrick venture|
by Zeeshan Haider, Reuters
September 22nd, 2011
Pakistan's Baluchistan province has objected to a mining lease being sought by a joint venture between Antofagasta and Barrick Gold , further delaying a major planned copper and gold project in the country's southwest.
by Michelle Slater, Castlemaine Independent
July 27th, 2011
Can gold ever be ethical?
|Informe narrativo: Manifestación contra reunión de accionistas de la Barrick, movilizando en apoyo a comunidades afectadas|
El equipo ProtestBarrick.net está actualmente en Toronto, Canadá, para la reunión anual general de la Barrick Gold y nuestra quinta gira con comunidades afectadas. Este año participan representantes de comunidades de Papua Nueva Guinea, y esperamos (si logren sus visas) que se sumarán desde Tanzania y las Filipinas también.
|REPORT BACK: Barrick shareholder protest, mobilising in support of impacted communities|
The ProtestBarrick.net team is currently in Toronto, Canada for the Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and our 5th speaking tour with Barrick mining impacted communities. This year we are joined by Papua New Guinean community and hopefully (visas permitting) community from Tanzania and the Philippines.
|ProtestBarrick: A year in review 2010|
This has been an exciting year for the ProtestBarrick team.
|Barrick gold dig under press scrutiny|
by Ahmar Mustikhan, The Baltimore Examiner
December 25th, 2010
The world's largest gold mining corporation has received another setback when a former chief minister of Balochistan asked foreign companies to pullout of Balochistan and said the natural resources of Balochistan has to be preserved for the future generations.
|Pakistan Supreme Court considers petition against Reko Diq copper-gold mine development|
by Lawrence Williams, Mineweb
The Pakistan Supreme Court is considering yet another challenge to the big Barrick/Antofagasta Reko Diq copper-gold development project in Balochistan
|$260 Billion Gold Mines Going For A Song, Behind Closed Doors|
by SHAHEEN SEHBAI in Washington And AHMED NOORANI in Islamabad, The News International
November 3rd, 2010
Quietly, and below the media radar, some 20 top corporate bosses and lobbyists of two of the world’s largest gold mining groups have been meeting President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, Governor State Bank and others in Islamabad throughout last week, pressing them to quickly hand over one of the world’s biggest gold and copper treasures found in Balochistan at Reko Diq, worth over $260 billion, to their companies, and for peanuts.
|Munk’s dubious mining morality|
by John McKay, Liberal MP, Ottawa, The Star.com: CANADIAN PRESS
Re: Lack of support for mining bill, Letter Oct. 31 Barrick Gold Corp.’s Peter Munk raises three very dubious moral arguments in his triumphalist celebration of the defeat of C-300. The first is that mining is important to our economy. True. Apparently as long as it is generating wealth for Canada, abuse of basic human rights, degradation of the host country’s environment, and criminal code offences are okay. Interesting moral equation.
|Testimony before Canadian Parliament re Barrick & Porgera JV (Papua New Guinea) |
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
In October & November 2009, the Canadian House of Commons' Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Intl. Development held hearings on "Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability". The following statements were made regarding issues including allegations of killings, rape & other security problems involving personnel at the Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea, as well as the Porgera mine's environmental impacts. (Barrick Gold holds a large majority stake of the Porgera Joint Venture.)
|Reko Diq still in play|
by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, development analyst in Pakistan, Asia Times Online
June 11th, 2010
KARACHI - Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), which is battling to keep control of the multi-billion dollar Reko Diq copper and gold project in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, says it is still in talks with officials after moves by the provincial government to cancel its US$3.2 billion development deal with the company. The Balochistan government holds a 25% interest in the project. It recently decided to take over the Reko Diq project after announcing in December that it was scrapping its deal with TCC. The company holds the remaining 75% interest in Reko Diq and since the original exploration contract was signed has become co-owned by Canada's Barrick Gold and Chilean copper miner Antofagasta.
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net, The Dominion Paper
June 2nd, 2010
Disregard for political conflict reveals an international diplomacy concerned primarily with profits, and is consistent with the actions of Canada and its corporate ambassadors in situations around the globe where mining profits conflict with human rights.
|BARRICK GOLD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FUELING THE CONFLICT IN BALOCHISTAN AND DEATH OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE |
by Zaffar Baloch, Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada)
April 28th, 2010
Statement of Zafar Baluch, of the Baloch Human Rights Council, at the Rally outside of Barrick's 2010 annual general meeting, held on April 28.
|Barrick Gold year in Review: One Company, 9 Countries, Countless abuses|
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
April 26th, 2010
From mass poisonings and mass mobilizations in the Dominican Republic, to damning reports in PNG and Tanzania to lawsuits in Chile and the US, Barrick has had its hands full this year in dealing with mounting opposition to its mines. In this Year in Review, you'll find out the ways that Barrick has damaged communities around the world and the many ways that communities are fighting back and demanding justice.
|analysis: Midas’s gold —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur|
by Mir Mohammad Talpur, Daily Times
March 1st, 2010
The powerless provincial government in Balochistan, if it has a modicum of decency, should quit immediately to absolve itself of the responsibility of exploitation and destruction of Balochistan’s resources and environment.