Response to Barrick Gold Subsidiary Acacia Mining on Alleged Excess Use of Force by Mine Security at the North Mara Gold Mine

Catherine Coumans Ph.D., Research Coordinator and Asia-Pacific regional program coordinator.

MiningWatch Canada responds to a letter of September 21, 2017, from Barrick Gold’s subsidiary Acacia Mining, in regard to ongoing alleged excess use of force by mine security at the North Mara Gold Mine Ltd. in Tanzania, including another death of a villager allegedly shot by mine security on August 4, 2017. We also raise ongoing concern about the equitability of the mine’s grievance mechanism used to address such violence. Our concern is echoed in recent public statements made by retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ian Binnie, who visited the mine in August.