Letter to Acacia Mining re: new report of violent death and ongoing concerns regarding access to remedy for victims at the North Mara Gold Mine

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

On August 4, 2017, MiningWatch Canada received reports of another killing of a male villager, reportedly by gunshot by private security at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania. This newly reported victim of alleged excess use of force by mine security furthers our concern that violence by mine security is ongoing at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. In a letter to Barrick we raise the problem of lack of access to remedy for victims of violence at the mine. And we again detail the shortcomings of the mine’s own operational-level grievance mechanism; shortcomings that we have been discussing in detail with Barrick’s subsidiary, Acacia Mining plc. over the past four years. MiningWatch does not believe the family of the man killed on August 4, 2017 has access to an equitable, transparent and rights compatible operational-level grievance mechanism at the North Mara Gold Mine.