Canada brushed off abuse complaints against Barrick-linked gold miner in Tanzania, emails show

National Observerer

By Alastair Sharp in News | July 10th 2019

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Miners are pictured underground at Acacia Mining's North Mara site. Photograph supplied by company.

Canadian embassy staff in Africa and officials in Ottawa paid little attention to allegations of human rights abuses at a mine in Tanzania as they sought to aid Barrick Gold Corp. in a tussle with the east African country’s government, internal emails show. 

Acacia Mining, a U.K.-based subsidiary of Barrick Gold, has been accused by MiningWatch Canada, U.K.-based Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and others of complicity in the deaths and injuries of scores of people living near the North Mara gold mine in the remote north of the country at the hands of its own private security forces and Tanzanian police.

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