Kelvin Dushnisky – Accountable for crimes, violations, human-rights abuses, damages

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Prepared by:
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MR. KELVIN DUSHNISKY

His personal history at Barrick Gold:
2002: Mr. Dushnisky joined Barrick as Director of Regulatory Affairs.
2003: Mr. Dushnisky was promoted to Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
2005: Mr. Dushnisky was promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
2007: Mr. Dushnisky was promoted to Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
2010: Mr. Dushnisky was promoted to Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs
2012: Mr. Dushnisky assumed the position of Senior Executive Vice President including global
responsibility for the Government Relations, Permitting, Corporate Responsibility and
Communications functions
2013: Mr. Dushnisky was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of London‐listed African Barrick
Gold plc (today called Acacia Mining Plc).
2015: Mr. Dushnisky was appointed President of Barrick
2016: Mr. Dushnisky joined the company’s Board of Directors. He provides overall leadership to the
organization and holds responsibility for the execution of Barrick’s strategic priorities.
Mr. Dushnisky is a member of :
 The Law Society of British Columbia
 The Canadian Bar Association
 He is a Director of :
o The Mining Association of Canada
o The Institute of the Americas
o The Canadian Council of the Americas
o The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, among others.

In March 2013, The Globe & Mail newspaper reported that Barrick paid Mr. Dushnisky $ 6.6 million in


2012.

On the following pages, we list some of the literally hundreds of crisis situations right under Mr. Dushnisky’s nose.
(Note about the “short list”: This is a cross section of numerous problems experienced by Barrick worldwide over the past about 12 years. During all 12 of these years, Mr. Dushnisky held senior management positins and would have had first hand access to full details.
Nonetheless, there are patterns of recurring problems over and over and one must wonder how many times must Barrick experience the same category of problem before they will learn how to prevent OR when it happens, how to rectify quickly and quietly.)
On March 11, 2016, Mr. Dushnisky said (in relation to a disaster in Argentina):
We recognise that we have disappointed many of our partners in San Juan province and we deeply regret this incident. The company is committed to ensuring we have robust polices and standards in place that protect the environment at all of our operations….
BUT THIS DISASTER COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED…..

First, we list the crisis situations in order by country and years.
Then at the end, we list the crisis situations again in order by years only.
Here begins the pattern of much the same problems, disasters and tragedies in multiple countries…

Argentina

2016: Argentina
Federal Court reports that the 2015 cyanide spill at Barrick’s Veladero mine contaminated five rivers in the region. Federal Police confirmed that Barrick to be investigated over environmental crimes in the country and state there is “definite case of law infringement” of the country’s legislation on the proper handling of hazardous substances.

2015: Argentina
Argentina judge ordered a five‐day suspension of the gold leaching process at Barrick’s Veladero mine.
The purpose is to investigate the environmental damage from a cyanide leak.
United Nations experts invited to analyze water samples.

2011: Argentina

Barrick accused of interfering in Argentina election politics including corrupt arrangements with certain officials.

2011: Argentina

Barrick Threatens Legal Action Against NGO, Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), over publication of Contamination of Gold Mining Projects in Argentina. The report concludes that Barrick is responsible for contaminating San Juan’s rivers and streams around Barricks mines.

2011: Argentina

Application to the Supreme Court of Argentina for immediate cessation of Barrick’s mining activities due to Barrick violating the law

2010: Argentina
San Juan province governor exposed of ‘economic ties’ with Barrick. Also the President de Kirchner accused of vetoing the Glaciers Law in order to favour Barrick. Later, lawmakers approve a glacier protection bill that ban mining and oil drilling in the country’s Andean ice fields.

2008: Argentina
Reports of Barrick bribery and scandal of Barrick’s open‐pit mining

Australia

2010: Australia

Report that Barrick is responsible for massive environment damage to Lake Cowal. A national campaign is launched to save the lake.

2009: Australia

The Supreme Court of Appeal blocks Barrick mine expansion

2009: Australia

Local supporters refuse Barrick mine expansion and demand to close mine down

2008: Australia

Barrick fighting in the Land & Environment court to increase mining

2008: Australia

Barrick fined for tailings spill in 2006

2008: Australia

Problems of Barrick mine “swallowing” historic town

2008: Australia

Authorities investigate misconduct of company taken over by Barrick

2006: Australia

Barrick mine has tailings spill

Canada


2015: Canada

Corruption at its best: Former foreign affairs minister John Baird joins Barrick international advisory board. Reports expose that John Baird’s former department was responsible for payments of millions of dollars of public monies to Barrick and Munk’s projects.

2013: Canada & USA

Public reports of 8 or more law firms inviting the public to sue Barrick for their fraudulent activity
leading up to the crashing of Barrick’s shareholder value.

2012: Canada – World

Reports that conflicts in Canadian mines around the world causing grave problems for Canada and the Canadian “halo” reputation of peace‐loving, human‐rights respecting and tree‐hugging.

2012: Canada
Report exposes how the Harper government has close connections with Barrick and Peter and Anthony Munk :
 Prime Minister Harper’s Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, connected to the Munk’s which is Conflict of Interest;
 Ms. Marketa Evans connected to the Munk’s was appointed CSR (Corporate Social
Responsibility) Director for the Canadian government under Harper;
 About $50 million of government funds contributed to the Munk’s “School of Global Affairs” and Munk’s other personal “education” efforts.
 Harper ignored report on human rights and environmental standards of Canadian Mining Companies (Barrick included) but rather published the report “Building the Canadian Advantage”, that rejected human rights problems and instead, promised more funds to mining companies.

2012: Canada

Barrick launches new corporate social responsibility advisory board. What happened to the board?
Where are the improvements?

2011: Canada
The Harper government recently announced public funding for Canadian mining companies. Corruption at its best – not long after, Harper is appointed to the Barrick Board of Directors.

2011: Canada

Barrick’s AGM: Friends of the Earth International demands, on behalf of communities around the world, that Barrick stop destructive mining practices. They have documented studies of human rights abuses and environmental devastation globally, including in the Philippines, P.N. Guinea, Tanzania, Australia and more.

2009: Canada

Report exposes Barrick of making mining agreements in 2002 with two eastern DRCongo militias, which at the time were in the midst of murdering hundreds of civilians

2009: Canada

Evidence given at a hearing of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee exposes Barrick in Argentina for using political and economic corruption to block government intervention in Barrick’s mining operations in Argentina

2009: Canada

Evidence given at a hearing of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee exposes Barrick’s mine in Papua New Guinea for numerous accounts of group rape by Barrick’s guards.
Amnesty International reveals that local police at the same mine violently evicted local families and burned down and destroyed at least 130 buildings and houses. Barrick initially denied the allegations, but after the conclusions of Amnesty’s local investigation were released, Barrick was forced to accept the findings

2009: Canada
Government taking steps against Canadian companies, Barrick specified, for environmental and human rights abuses in developing countries.

2009: Canada

Reports on the government, influenced by Barrick, given the green light for misbehaviour abroad

2008: Canada

Book published linking Barrick to the deaths of Tanzanian miners in 1996

2007: Canada

Corruption reports involving ex‐Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

2007: Canada

A wave of Barrick top executives selling off their Barrick shares

Chile


2015: Chile

Environment authorities start process to apply for new sanctions against Barrick’s mine which will cause additional delays and complications for Barrick to resume construction and operations.

2015: Chile
Chile’s environment authorities re‐evaluate penalties on Barrick’s mine which include the possibility of cancelling Barrick’s mining permit.

2014: Chile

Chile Supreme Court refuses to rule on the merits of a challenge filed by Barrick against a lower court decision regarding the injunctions imposed by government regulators regarding Barrick’s breaches of permits.

2014: Chile & Argentina

One year passed since the suspension of operations at Barrick’s mine. Government Tribunal starts regarding environment problems around Barrick’s mine.
Director of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (in Argentina) gives expert testimony against Barrick.

2013: Chile

Appeals court ruled against Barrick in favor of Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick of contaminating their water downstream thus creating more doubts about the future of the world’s highest gold mine.
In a separate case in the Supreme Court, an indigenous appeal against Barrick to protect the environment

2013: Chile
Charges filed in court against the Barrick mine failing to meet the environmental standards, conditions, and measures. Further, Chilean authorities also found Barrick’s self‐reporting did not meet accurate, truthful and verifiable fact standards.
Later, reports received that after a series of frauds regarding mining property and repeated poor environmental practices, Barrick might lose the complete Chile side of the mine. Also, court order
made to suspend Barrick’s mine operations after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.
Barrick appeals the court order and loses the appeal. The mine operations remain suspended.

2012: Chile – Canada
Legal action started to force Barrick to appear in a Canadian court to respond to accusations that Barrick falsified information regarding their Pascua Lama mine.

2012: Chile

Appeals Court to hear injunction request against Barrick’s mine for environmental problems.

2012: Chile

Criminal charges filed against Barrick

2010: Chile

Chile Environmental Authorities began an investigation of Barrick’s mine construction, which could lead to fines or even a revoked concession.

2010: Chile

Chile’s National Water Commission (DGA) exposes that Barrick is failing to comply with Chile’s environmental laws

2009: Chile

Barrick’s Pascua Lama project denounced as illegal, lacks social license to operate.

2009: Chile

Barrick backed out of a debate 20 minutes before it was scheduled to begin

2008: Chile

Barrick mine the most severe threat to local indigenous communities

2007: Chile

Barrick bribes to officials

2006: Chile

Scandals involving land rights underpaid by Barrick

Dominican Republic

2016: Dominican Republic

Barrick back in court to defend land dispute cases from local farmers. Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Land Court for the fifth hearing in their case against the Barrick.
Hundreds of people sued the mining company to demand payment for the farmers’ properties.

2015: Dominican Republic

Court application filed for an injunction to halt Barrick’s local mining operation

2015: Dominican Republic

Reports of environmental damage to local residents as far as an hour away from Barrick’s mine.
Farmers there say that even the cattle refuse to drink the water!

2013: Dominican Republic

Residents sue Barrick’s mine for poisoning rivers, causing illnesses and the death of farm animals.

2013: Dominican Republic

Government halts yet another Barrick shipment at the airport in effort for Barrick to reach an agreement with the government. Customs official inspect the shipment and find alleged irregularities resulting in Barrick being fined US$96 Million.

2013: Dominican Republic

Government halts Barrick gold shipment worth millions at the airport due to Barrick not reaching an agreement with the government.

2013: Dominican Republic

The Congress said it wants a “more favourable” contract with Barrick for their mine. The original contract was made in 2009 but looked upon suspiciously.

2012: Dominican Republic

Activists demand to ban cyanide outside Barrick’s offices

2010: Dominican Republic

Barrick’s mine workers strikes caused the Labor Ministry to investigate if Barrick are respecting their workers’ rights.
It’s the third setback for Barrick in 2010, including calls to review the exploitation contract over alleged non‐binding clauses on environmental cleanup, and food poisoning which sickened hundreds of workers.

2010: Dominican Republic

Senate Environmental Commission ask the Presidency to review the gold mining contract with Barrick to obtain better advantages and compensate affected communities.
Reports expose Barrick as being dishonest about poisoning more than 300 Barrick workers at the Barrick mine in central Dominica.

England

2015: England

Barrick settle out of court with the Tanzanian Villagers who sued Barrick in 2013 for deaths and injuries in Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania. Barrick denied the allegations.

2014: England

Barrick faces court action in London against the Tanzanians who sue Barrick for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by Barrick’s security and police guarding Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.

2014: England

British MP’s alarmed and get involved regarding the killings at Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.
Lawyers and human rights experts call on the British government to intervene.
Barrick’s spokesman states that Barrick is vigorously defending itself against the 10 villager’s lawsuit started in 2013.

New Zealand


2013: New Zealand

Superannuation Fund excludes Barrick on responsible investment grounds due to concerns at the treatment of workers and the environment at Barrick’s mines

Norway


2009: Norway

Due to human rights crimes, Norway’s Ministry of Finance drops Barrick from Norway’s Government Pension Fund‐Global investments

Pakistan


2010: Pakistan

After Baluchistan’s chief minister announced severing ties to Barrick, Canadian diplomats went to lobby Pakistan Prime Minister and other government officials to support Barrick’s negotiation of a formal mining lease with the Baluchistan government

2009: Pakistan

Report exposes Pakistani, Muslim Lakhani, in Barrick corruption scandal in Baluchistan

2009: Pakistan

Pakistani army colonel working for Barrick exposed interfering with Baluchistan locals

2008: Pakistan

Government scandal with Barrick deal in Chaghi, Balochistan

Papua N Guinea

2016: Papua N Guinea

Human rights group near to Barrick’s mine is once again reporting on behalf of human rights victims of the mine. Around Sept 2015, the group submitted to Barrick 256 names of victims who have been shot dead, injured and raped by Barrick security personnel. They received a claims number, but there has been no progress on the claims.

2016: Papua N Guinea

Villagers living around Barrick’s mine are still suffering from violence at the hands of mine security and police guarding the mines. Women have been beaten and raped and men have been maimed and killed by mine security. Barrick is aware of the ongoing human rights abuses at their mine and selectively provided remedy packages to some victims in return for legal waivers.
However, the remedy process is not reaching all victims, is not equitable, and is not meeting victims’ needs. NGO’s are chasing Barick for solutions but none are forthcoming.

2015: Papua N Guinea & USA

Barrick settle out of court with the 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick security guards at the Barrick mine. 11 women and 3 men were represented by US‐based Earth Rights International and their settlements were very much higher than all the other women and men who were not fortunate to have US representation.
The 11 women said that the balance of the women accepted very low settlements and were mistaken to accept the Barrick offer.

2015: Papua N Guinea

MP claims that says Barrick owes $US 4 billion for breach of contract agreements including landowners’ resettlement packages, agreement projects, infrastructure projects including roads and bridges, social and environmental damages.
The MP reports the claims are genuine and states if Barrick does not pay, they will take action in international arbitration.

2014: Papua N Guinea

Barrick tries to offer about 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick security guards at the Barrick mine, to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training”.
Human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing Barrick’s offer as totally insufficient and created only to protect Barrick’s interests rather than bring a solution for the abuses, pain and suffering.

2014: Pap N Guinea ‐ Canada

Barrick refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning around Barrick’s mine
in Papa New Guinea.
Representation is made at Parliament Hill to report about the local villagers problems caused by the Barrick mine.

2013: Papua N Guinea
Report exposes Barrick’s settlement deal for the women raped by security guards at Barrick’s mine as neither fair nor best practice. Report states Barrick knew for years that its guards were raping local women without doing anything about it, ignoring reports from local leaders, and legal and human rights clinics at New York University and Harvard.

2011: Papua N Guinea

Human Rights Watch confirms allegations of gang rapes and other human rights abuses by security guards of Barrick’s mine. Reports that Barrick respond to credible attempts to alert the company to the abuses of its security personnel with denial and, frequently, by attempting to discredit those who raised the issues.

2010: Papua N Guinea

Reports that approx 5,000 adults live within area of Barrick’s mine. They desperate seek resettlement to another area for the lifestyle and livelihood of 75% of the population. Barrick denied all requests and prefer to offer individual cash payments to villagers as their homes fall victim to waste‐related landslides and police‐instigated arson.

2009: Papua N Guinea

Barrick exposed and accused of far‐reaching environmental destruction

2009: Papua N Guinea

Reports that Barrick torch hundreds of houses to clear way for mine expansion

2009: Papua N Guinea

Enga Province Governor calls on Barrick and government to relocate people who live near Barrick mine

2009: Papua N Guinea

Near Barrick mine, houses burned down in a joint military and police action

2009: Papua N Guinea

Soldiers & police sent to help deteriorating security situation at Barricks mine

2008: Papua N Guinea

Barrick accused of rape, murder, detainment of local people

2008: Papua N Guinea

Reports on mine killings, impacts on rivers, food security and health

2007: Papua N Guinea

Public warned to stay away from Barrick mine due to local shot dead

Peru

2005: Peru

Reports of corruption of tax evasion through the courts

Philippines


2015: Philippines & USA

Local authorities from the Philippines province where Barrack’s mine is situated appear in court in Nevada against Barrick demanding that Barrick take full responsibility for providing solutions for multiple disastrous mine waste failures around the Barrick mine that have caused serious damage to major river and sea ecosystems and have harmed multiple local residents.
In 2014 the local authorities refused a very minimal offer that was totally insufficient.

2014: Philippines

Lawmakers oppose Barrick’s “take it or leave it” offer countering the need to prepare for major environmental disaster due to the Barrick dam walls in danger of collapse and the life threatening and environmental disastrous repercussions and also the “clean‐up costs” after Barrick leaves.

2013: Philippines

After about 5 years of Barrick’s fight in court against the Philippines authorities about taking responsibility for the environment around the Barrick mine, Barrick bullies the authorities to accept a “take it or leave it” minimal amount that is totally inadequate to protect the health and safety of the local population around Barrick’s mine.
Another Barrick corporate “victory” instead of taking responsibility for their damage to the local people, to the local environment and the host country.

2011: Philippines

Supreme Court issues writ on Barrick (and one other) over toxic waste that spilled into the Boac River in 1996.

2009: Philippines

U.S. District Court of Appeals reinstates a nearly four‐year‐old lawsuit accusing Barrick of polluting water and land for decades in the Philippines

2009: Philippines

Reports on Barrick toxic effects on remote Philippine communities

Tanzania

2016 : Tanzania

Fraud and Corruption and tax evasion scandals including Barrack being lambasted in Parliament and the President of Tanzania stating that if Barrick and other overseas miners cannot make profits and pay taxes in Tanzania, they better go back to their own countries.

2016: Tanzania

Villagers living around Barrick’s North Mara mine are still suffering from violence at the hands of mine security and police guarding the mines. Women have been beaten and raped and men have been maimed and killed by mine security. Barrick is aware of the ongoing human rights abuses at their mine and selectively provided remedy packages to some victims in return for legal waivers.
However, the remedy process is not reaching all victims, is not equitable, and is not meeting victims’ needs. NGO’s are chasing Barick for solutions but none are forthcoming.

2016: Tanzania

Due to the high levels of violence at Barrick’s North Mara mine, NGO’s meet with Barrick’s Acacia office in London to clarify the process and procedures of North Mara’s Non‐Judicial Grievance Mechanism for the victims of excessive use of force by mine security and police guarding the mine. Issues needing Barrick attention: Absence of a comprehensive remedy framework document; Lack of clarity about how claims are investigated; Lack of clarity about how claims are accepted or rejected; Complainants
lack access to adequate, independent legal advice; Use of legal waivers

2015: Tanzania

Human rights field assessment at Barrick’s North Mara mine indicates failure of Barrick’s commitments to stop excessive use of force by Barrick security and police guarding the mine. Barrick fails to deal with ongoing violence. NGO’s and RAID confirmed the report given at the United Nations in December 2014, that the grievance mechanism at the North Mara mine was used strategically to divert victims from taking legal action. Locals suffer injuries related to gunfire, severe beatings with batons and other weapons, rape, and gang rape. In short, the vicious, brutal violence against locals around the Barrick mine continues with no sign from Barrick of any solutions.

2014: Tanzania

Killing continues at Barrick’s North Mara mine. Local ward councilor reports that in the previous three years, 69 people have been killed and hundreds more have been severely injured at this Barrick mine.
In the first month of 2014, four more people were killed.

2013: Tanzania – England

Tanzanian villagers sue Barrick in UK High Court for deaths and injuries in Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania. Barrick deny the allegations.

2013: Tanzania

Industry reports of Barrick not paying corporate tax at all.

2013: Tanzania

Barrick terminates MOU for land disputes with communities around North Mara mine.

2013: Tanzania
National Environment Management Council orders Barrick: Close down the toxic tailings pit due to toxic leakages that are contaminating local water sources.

2011: Tanzania

Shootings on Barrick’s mine. Seven deaths.
Barrick accused of tainting Canada’s international mining image. Allegations of more sexual assault by police and Barrick security guards.

2011: Tanzania

Barrick claimed that due to theft of fuel, the Buzwagi mine had to cut production and suspend workers.
Reports are that Barrick in fact arranged ‘organised and systematic’ fuel theft themselves to create a smokescreen and illegal suspension of workers.

2011: Tanzania

Reports of killings and toxic spill from Barrick’s mine into the Thigithe River. Reports of villagers dying from drinking the water.

2010: Tanzania

International Fed. of Chemical, Energy, Mine & General Workers’ Unions reveal blatant abuses of freedom of association in Barrick’s mines.

2009: Tanzania

Reports of chemical spill and river and water contamination from Barrick’s North Mara mine. Thousands of locals stranded without water

2009: Tanzania
Barrick’s North Mara mine given 10 days to compensate local families affected by its poisonous heavy metals.

2009: Tanzania

MP’s report Barrick’s North Mara mine discharge of acid materials into River Tigiti in Tarime District.
MP’s demand full compensation for all victims and investigation of all negligent government officials implicated in the scandal

2009: Tanzania

The Tanzanian Labor Court rules against Barrick for wrongful dismissal of about 700 ex‐Barrick miners

2009: Tanzania

Tanzania Government bans all water usage from the Tigithe River, which may be contaminated with Sulphiric acid from Barrick’s mine. Independent experts also confirm the presence of high levels of toxic chemicals in the area surrounding Barrick’s mine.

2009: Tanzania

Studies by Norway & University of Dar Es Salaam, of the environment around Barrick’s North Mara mine expose “Extremely high levels of arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, copper, crom, nickel and zinc… The environment has been seriously contaminated”

2008: Tanzania
One shot dead when thousands invade Barrick mine & destroy equipment worth $ 15  million

2008: Tanzania

Business & Human Rights Centre publish that overall of mining policy is urgently needed

2008: Tanzania

Report of cruelty, pillaging and colonial practices at Barrick’s mine in Tanzania

2008: Tanzania

Buzwagi mine: Corruption exposed involving Barrick & ex‐minister for mines, Nazir Karamagi

2008: Tanzania

Local activists expose that Tanzania failing to benefit from gold mining United States

United States of America

2016: United States
A New York federal judge ruled against Barrick in the class action suit from investors who accused Barrick of repeatedly and knowingly misleading them about whether the Barrick troubled $8.5 billion South American mining project complied with environmental regulations.

2014: United States

Hearing in Grants, New Mexico to review water discharge from Barrick’s mine, where contamination
has spread in recent years. Controversy over the cleaning and flushing systems used.

2013: United States

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fine Barrick close to US$ 300,000 for failure to report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities at the Barrick mines between 2005 and 2008.
Furthermore, Barrick must pay $ 340,000 for a supplemental environmental project at its Cortez mine.

2013: Alaska, United States

Report exposes Barricks plan for the gold mine planned in southwest Alaska threatens environment and local communities. The planned Donlin Gold mine estimates 27 years production is bound to have serious consequences for the region.

2013: United States

A class action lawsuit filed against Barrick for “making false and misleading statements and concealed material information” relating to Barrick’s Chile‐Argentina mine delays and costs. At least 9 or more law‐firms have taken on the case against Barrick. Five whistleblowers give evidence against Barrick revealing the lies reported by Barrick regarding the Chile‐Argentina mine delays and costs. Evidence given showed Barrick’s estimated for the project at between $2.8 ‐ $3 billion where in fact Barrick had
engineering reports estimating costs at nearly double the amount.

2009: United States
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction to force Barrick to postpone digging a 2,000‐foot deep open pit in Nevada due to concerns of harm to the environment

2009: United States 
Ex‐President George W. Bush exposed for corruptly and secretly helping Barrick since about 1994.

2009: United States

United Nations to tackle mercury emissions. Gold mining is the second biggest source of mercury releases.

2008: United States

Barrick voted 4th WORST company in the world

2008: United States

Lawsuit to stop one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines

2008: United States

US & Canada found guilty of racism and shows Barrick included

2008: United States

United Nations report against Barrick on human rights problems

2004: United States

Barrick mine workers severely exposed to Uranium

Zambia


2011: Zambia

Reports that former High Commissioner to Canada, Nevers Mumba, had no authority to collect over K500 million from Barrick for the government. Special audit of the account the Barrick money was held.

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Following is the list of the crisis situations listed again below in order by years only

2004: United States

Barrick mine workers severely exposed to Uranium

2005: Peru

Reports of corruption of tax evasion through the courts

2006: Chile

Scandals involving land rights underpaid by Barrick

2006: Australia

Barrick mine has tailings spill

2007: Chile

Barrick bribes to officials

2007: Canada

A wave of Barrick top executives selling off their Barrick shares

2007: Canada

Corruption reports involving ex‐Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

2007: Papua N Guinea

Public warned to stay away from Barrick mine due to local shot dead

2008: Australia

Authorities investigate misconduct of company taken over by Barrick

2008: Australia

Problems of Barrick mine “swallowing” historic town

2008: Tanzania

Local activists expose that Tanzania failing to benefit from gold mining

2008: Tanzania

Buzwagi mine: Corruption exposed involving Barrick & ex‐minister for mines, Nazir Karamagi

2008: Canada

Book published linking Barrick to the deaths of Tanzanian miners in 1996

2008: United States

United Nations report against Barrick on human rights problems

2008: Chile
Barrick mine the most severe threat to local indigenous communities

2008: Papua N Guinea

Reports on mine killings, impacts on rivers, food security and health

2008: Australia

Barrick fined for tailings spill in 2006

2008: United States

US & Canada found guilty of racism and shows Barrick included

2008: Argentina

Reports of Barrick bribery and scandal of Barrick’s open‐pit mining

2008: Pakistan

Government scandal with Barrick deal in Chaghi, Balochistan

2008: Australia

Barrick fighting in the Land & Environment court to increase mining

2008: Tanzania

Report of cruelty, pillaging and colonial practices at Barrick’s mine in Tanzania

2008: Papua N Guinea

Barrick accused of rape, murder, detainment of local people

2008: United States

Lawsuit to stop one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines

2008: Tanzania

Business & Human Rights Centre publish that overall of mining policy is urgently needed

2008: Tanzania

One shot dead when thousands invade Barrick mine & destroy equipment worth $ 15 million

2008: United States

Barrick voted 4th WORST company in the world

2009: Philippines

Reports on Barrick toxic effects on remote Philippine communities

2009: Papua N Guinea

Soldiers & police sent to help deteriorating security situation at Barricks mine

2009: Norway
Due to human rights crimes, Norway’s Ministry of Finance drops Barrick from Norway’s Government Pension Fund‐Global investments

2009: United States

United Nations to tackle mercury emissions. Gold mining is the second biggest source of mercury releases.

2009: Chile

Barrick backed out of a debate 20 minutes before it was scheduled to begin

2009: Canada

Reports on the government, influenced by Barrick, given the green light for misbehaviour abroad

2009: Australia

Local supporters refuse Barrick mine expansion and demand to close mine down

2009: Papua N Guinea

Near Barrick mine, houses burned down in a joint military and police action

2009: Chile

Barrick’s Pascua Lama project denounced as illegal, lacks social license to operate.

2009: Papua N Guinea

Enga Province Governor calls on Barrick and government to relocate people who live near Barrick mine

2009: Canada

Government taking steps against Canadian companies, Barrick specified, for environmental and human rights abuses in developing countries.

2009: Tanzania

Reports of chemical spill and river and water contamination from Barrick’s North Mara mine. Thousands of locals stranded without water

2009: Tanzania

Barrick’s North Mara mine given 10 days to compensate local families affected by its poisonous heavy metals.

2009: Papua N Guinea

Reports that Barrick torch hundreds of houses to clear way for mine expansion

2009: Papua N Guinea

Barrick exposed and accused of far‐reaching environmental destruction

2009: Pakistan

Pakistani army colonel working for Barrick exposed interfering with Baluchistan locals

2009: Papua N Guinea
Violence around Barrick mine gives new name: A walk through the valley of death. Villagers expose lists of dozens of people killed or assaulted by police and Barrick security forces.

2009: Tanzania

MP’s report Barrick’s North Mara mine discharge of acid materials into River Tigiti in Tarime District.
MP’s demand full compensation for all victims and investigation of all negligent government officials implicated in the scandal

2009: Australia

The Supreme Court of Appeal blocks Barrick mine expansion

2009: Tanzania

The Tanzanian Labor Court rules against Barrick for wrongful dismissal of about 700 ex‐Barrick miners

2009: Tanzania

Tanzania Government bans all water usage from the Tigithe River, which may be contaminated with Sulphiric acid from Barrick’s mine. Independent experts also confirm the presence of high levels of toxic chemicals in the area surrounding Barrick’s mine.

2009: United States

Ex‐President George W. Bush exposed for corruptly and secretly helping Barrick since about 1994.

2009: Pakistan

Report exposes Pakistani, Muslim Lakhani, in Barrick corruption scandal in Baluchistan

2009: Philippines

U.S. District Court of Appeals reinstates a nearly four‐year‐old lawsuit accusing Barrick of polluting water and land for decades in the Philippines

2009: Canada

Report exposes Barrick of making mining agreements in 2002 with two eastern DRCongo militias, which at the time were in the midst of murdering hundreds of civilians

2009: Tanzania

Studies by Norway & University of Dar Es Salaam, of the environment around Barrick’s North Mara mine expose “Extremely high levels of arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, copper, crome, nickel and zinc…   The environment has been seriously contaminated”

2009: Canada

Evidence given at a hearing of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee exposes Barrick’s mine in Papua New Guinea for numerous accounts of group rape by Barrick’s guards.
Amnesty International reveals that local police at the same mine violently evicted local families and burned down and destroyed at least 130 buildings and houses. Barrick initially denied the allegations, but after the conclusions of Amnesty’s local investigation were released, Barrick was forced to accept the findings

2009: Canada
Evidence given at a hearing of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee exposes Barrick in Argentina for using political and economic corruption to block government intervention in Barrick’s mining operations in Argentina

2009: United States

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction to force Barrick to postpone digging a 2,000‐foot deep open pit in Nevada due to concerns of harm to the environment

2010: Chile

Chile’s National Water Commission (DGA) exposes that Barrick is failing to comply with Chile’s environmental laws

2010: Pakistan

After Baluchistan’s chief minister announced severing ties to Barrick, Canadian diplomats went to lobby Pakistan Prime Minister and other government officials to support Barrick’s negotiation of a formal mining lease with the Baluchistan government

2010: Chile

Chile Environmental Authorities began an investigation of Barrick’s mine construction, which could lead to fines or even a revoked concession.

2010: Dominican Republic

Senate Environmental Commission ask the Presidency to review the gold mining contract with Barrick to obtain better advantages and compensate affected communities.
Reports expose Barrick as being dishonest about poisoning more than 300 Barrick workers at the Barrick mine in central Dominica.

2010: Papua N Guinea

Amnesty International publish new report of Barrick’s role in violent forced evictions. The report details the human rights abuses occurring near Barrick’s mine and about Barrick’s continued support for a police unit participating in illegal activities in the region including burning to the ground more than 130 homes within about 4 months in 2009.
Also, Barrick’s support for the police unit even after a court order to stop their activities.
2010: Dominican Republic Barrick’s mine worrkers strikes caused the Labor Ministry to investigate if Barrick are respecting their workers’ rights.
It’s the third setback for Barrick in 2010, including calls to review the exploitation contract over alleged non‐binding clauses on environmental cleanup, and food poisoning which sickened hundreds of workers.

2010: Tanzania

International Fed. of Chemical, Energy, Mine & General Workers’ Unions reveal blatant abuses of freedom of association in Barrick’s mines.

2010: Papua N Guinea
Reports that approx 5,000 adults live within area of Barrick’s mine. They desperate seek resettlement to another area for the lifestyle and livelihood of 75% of the population. Barrick denied all requests and prefer to offer individual cash payments to villagers as their homes fall victim to waste‐related landslides and police‐instigated arson.

2010: Argentina

San Juan province governor exposed of ‘economic ties’ with Barrick. Also the President de Kirchner accused of vetoing the Glaciers Law in order to favour Barrick. Later, lawmakers approve a glacier protection bill that ban mining and oil drilling in the country’s Andean ice fields.

2010: Australia
Report that Barrick is responsible for massive environment damage to Lake Cowal. A national campaign is launched to save the lake.

2011: Papua N Guinea
Human Rights Watch confirms allegations of gang rapes and other human rights abuses by security guards of Barrick’s mine. Reports that Barrick respond to credible attempts to alert the company to the abuses of its security personnel with denial and, frequently, by attempting to discredit those who raised the issues.

2011: Philippines

Supreme Court issues writ on Barrick (and one other) over toxic waste that spilled into the Boac River in 1996.

2011: Canada

Barrick’s AGM: Friends of the Earth International demands, on behalf of communities around the world, that Barrick stop destructive mining practices. They have documented studies of human rights abuses and environmental devastation globally, including in the Philippines, P.N. Guinea, Tanzania, Australia and more.

2011: Tanzania

Reports of killings and toxic spill from Barrick’s mine into the Thigithe River. Reports of villagers dying from drinking the water.

2011: Argentina

Application to the Supreme Court of Argentina for immediate cessation of Barrick’s mining activities due to Barrick violating the law 

2011: Tanzania

Barrick claimed that due to theft of fuel, the Buzwagi mine had to cut production and suspend workers.
Reports are that Barrick in fact arranged ‘organised and systematic’ fuel theft themselves to create a smokescreen and illegal suspension of workers.

2011: Tanzania
Shootings on Barrick’s mine. Seven deaths. Barrick accused of tainting Canada’s international mining image. Allegations of more sexual assault by police and Barrick security guards.

2011: Argentina

Barrick Threatens Legal Action Against NGO, Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), over publication of Contamination of Gold Mining Projects in Argentina. The report concludes that Barrick is responsible for contaminating San Juan’s rivers and streams around Barricks mines.

2011: Argentina

Barrick accused of interfering in Argentina election politics including corrupt arrangements with certain officials.

2011: Canada

The Harper government recently announced public funding for Canadian mining companies. Corruption at its best – not long after, Harper is appointed to the Barrick Board of Directors.

2011: Zambia

Reports that former High Commissioner to Canada, Nevers Mumba, had no authority to collect over K500 million from Barrick on behalf of the government. Special audit of the account the Barrick money was held.

2012: Canada

Barrick launches new corporate social responsibility advisory board. What happened to the board?
Where are the improvements?

2012: Dominican Republic

Activists demand to ban cyanide outside Barrick’s offices

2012: Chile

Criminal charges filed against Barrick

2012: Canada

Report exposes how the Harper government has close connections with Barrick and Peter and Anthony Munk :
 Prime Minister Harper’s Chief of Staff, Nigel Wright, connected to the Munk’s which is Conflict of Interest;
 Ms. Marketa Evans connected to the Munk’s was appointed CSR (Corporate Social
Responsibility) Director for the Canadian government under Harper;
 About $50 million of government funds contributed to the Munk’s “School of Global Affairs” and Munk’s other personal “education” efforts.
 Harper ignored report on human rights and environmental standards of Canadian Mining Companies (Barrick included) but rather published the report “Building the Canadian Advantage”, that rejected human rights problems and instead, promised more funds to mining companies.

2012: Chile
Appeals Court to hear injunction request against Barrick’s mine for environmental problems.

2012: Chile – Canada
Legal action started to force Barrick to appear in a Canadian court to respond to accusations that Barrick falsified information regarding their Pascua Lama mine.
2012: Canada – World Reports that conflicts in Canadian mines around the world causing grave problems for Canada and the Canadian “halo” reputation of peace‐loving, human‐rights respecting and tree‐hugging.

2013: Tanzania

National Environment Management Council orders Barrick: Close down the toxic tailings pit due to toxic leakages that are contaminating local water sources.

2013: Dominican Republic

The Congress said it wants a “more favourable” contract with Barrick for their mine. The original contract was made in 2009 but looked upon suspiciously.

2013: USA

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fine Barrick close to US$ 300,000 for failure to correctly report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities at the Barrick mines between 2005 and 2008.
Furthermore, Barrick must invest $ 340,000 for a supplemental environmental project at its Cortez mine.

2013: Papua N Guinea

Report exposes Barrick’s settlement deal for the women raped by security guards at Barrick’s mine as neither fair nor best practice. Report states Barrick knew for years that its guards were raping local women without doing anything about it, ignoring reports from local leaders, and legal and human rights clinics at New York University and Harvard.

2013: Alaska, USA

Report exposes Barricks plan for the gold mine planned in southwest Alaska threatens environment and local communities.
The planned Donlin Gold mine estimates 27 years production is bound to have serious consequences for the region.

2013: Tanzania

Barrick terminates MOU for land disputes with communities around North Mara mine.
2013: Dominican Republic Government halts Barrick gold shipment worth millions at the airport due to Barrick not reaching an agreement with the government.

2013: Chile
Charges filed in court against the Barrick mine failing to meet the environmental standards, conditions, and measures. Further, Chilean authorities also found Barrick’s self‐reporting did not meet accurate, truthful and verifiable fact standards.
Later, reports received that after a series of frauds regarding mining property and repeated poor environmental practices, Barrick might lose the complete Chile side of the mine. Also, court order made to suspend Barrick’s mine operations after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.
Barrick appeals the court order and loses the appeal. The mine operations remain suspended.

2013: Dominican Republic

Government halts yet another Barrick shipment at the airport in effort for Barrick to reach an agreement with the government. Customs official inspect the shipment and find alleged irregularities resulting in Barrick being fined US$96 Million.

2013: New Zealand

Superannuation Fund excludes Barrick on responsible investment grounds due to concerns at the treatment of workers and the environment at Barrick’s mines

2013: Canada & USA

Public reports of 8 or more law firms inviting the public to sue Barrick for their fraudulent activity leading up to the crashing of Barrick’s shareholder value.

2013: Tanzania

Industry reports of Barrick not paying corporate tax at all.

2013: Chile

Appeals court ruled against Barrick in favor of Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick of contaminating their water downstream thus creating more doubts about the future of the world’s highest gold mine.
In a separate case in the Supreme Court, an indigenous appeal against Barrick to protect the environment

2013: USA

A class action lawsuit filed against Barrick for “making false and misleading statements and concealed material information” relating to Barrick’s Chile‐Argentina mine delays and costs. At least 9 or more law‐firms have taken on the case against Barrick.
Five whistleblowers give evidence against Barrick revealing the lies reported by Barrick regarding the Chile‐Argentina mine delays and costs. Evidence given showed Barrick’s estimated for the project at between $2.8 ‐ $3 billion where in fact Barrick had engineering reports estimating costs at nearly double the amount.

2013: Tanzania – England

Tanzanian villagers sue Barrick in UK High Court for deaths and injuries in Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania. Barrick deny the allegations.

2013: Dominican Republic
Residents sue Barrick’s mine for poisoning rivers, causing illnesses and the death of farm animals.

2013: Philippines

After about 5 years of Barrick’s fight in court against the Philippines authorities about taking responsibility for the environment around the Barrick mine, Barrick bullies the authorities to accept a “take it or leave it” minimal amount that is totally inadequate to protect the health and safety of the local population around Barrick’s mine.
Another Barrick corporate “victory” instead of taking responsibility for their damage to the local people, to the local environment and the host country.

2014: Philippines

Lawmakers oppose Barrick’s “take it or leave it” offer countering the need to prepare for major environmental disaster due to the Barrick dam walls in danger of collapse and the life threatening and environmental disastrous repercussions and also the “clean‐up costs” after Barrick leaves.

2014: Tanzania

Killing continues at Barrick’s North Mara mine. Local ward councilor reports that in the previous three years, 69 people have been killed and hundreds more have been severely injured at this Barrick mine.
In the first month of 2014, four more people were killed.

2014: USA

Hearing in Grants, New Mexico to review water discharge from Barrick’s mine, where contamination has spread in recent years.
Controversy over the cleaning and flushing systems used.

2014: Chile & Argentina

One year passed since the suspension of operations at Barrick’s mine. Government Tribunal starts regarding environment problems around Barrick’s mine.
Director of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (in Argentina) gives expert testimony against Barrick.

2014: England

British MP’s alarmed and get involved regarding the killings at Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.
Lawyers and human rights experts call on the British government to intervene.
Barrick’s spokesman states that Barrick is vigorously defending itself against the 10 villager’s lawsuit started in 2013.

2014: Pap N Guinea ‐ Canada

Barrick refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning around Barrick’s mine in Papa New Guinea.
Representation is made at Parliament Hill to report about the local villagers problems caused by the Barrick mine.

2014: England
Barrick faces court action in London against the Tanzanians who sue Barrick for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by Barrick’s security and police guarding Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.

2014: Papua N Guinea

Barrick tries to offer about 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick security guards at the Barrick mine, to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training”.
Human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing Barrick’s offer as totally insufficient and created only to protect Barrick’s interests rather than bring a solution for the abuses, pain and suffering.

2014: Chile

Chile Supreme Court refuses to rule on the merits of a challenge filed by Barrick against a lower court decision regarding the injunctions imposed by government regulators regarding Barrick’s breaches of permits.

2015: Chile

Chile’s environment authorities re‐evaluate penalties on Barrick’s mine which include the possibility of cancelling Barrick’s mining permit.

2015: Dominican Republic

Reports of environmental damage to local residents as far as an hour away from Barrick’s mine.
Farmers there say that even the cattle refuse to drink the water!

2015: Philippines & USA

Local authorities from the Philippines province where Barrack’s mine is situated appear in court in Nevada against Barrick demanding that Barrick take full responsibility for providing solutions for multiple disastrous mine waste failures around the Barrick mine that have caused serious damage to major river and sea ecosystems and have harmed multiple local residents.
In 2014 the local authorities refused a very minimal offer that was totally insufficient.

2015: England

Barrick settle out of court with the Tanzanian Villagers who sued Barrick in 2013 for deaths and injuries in Barrick’s North Mara mine in Tanzania. Barrick denied the allegations.

2015: Papua N Guinea

MP claims that says Barrick owes $US 4 billion for breach of contract agreements including landowners’ resettlement packages, agreement projects, infrastructure projects including roads and bridges, social and environmental damages.
The MP reports the claims are genuine and states if Barrick does not pay, they will take action in international arbitration.

2015: Canada

Corruption at its best: Former foreign affairs minister John Baird joins Barrick international advisory board. Reports expose that John Baird’s former department was responsible for payments of millions of dollars of public monies to Barrick and Munk’s projects.

2015: Papua N Guinea & USA
Barrick settle out of court with the 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick security guards at the Barrick mine. 11 women and 3 men were represented by US‐based Earth Rights International and their settlements were very much higher than all the other women and men who were not fortunate to have US representation.
The 11 women said that the balance of the women accepted very low settlements and were mistaken to accept the Barrick offer.

2015: Chile

Environment authorities start process to apply for new sanctions against Barrick’s mine which will cause additional delays and complications for Barrick to resume construction and operations.

2015: Dominican Republic

Court application filed for an injunction to halt Barrick’s local mining operation

2015: Tanzania

Human rights field assessment at Barrick’s North Mara mine indicates failure of Barrick’s commitments to stop excessive use of force by Barrick security and police guarding the mine. Barrick fails to deal with ongoing violence. NGO’s and RAID confirmed the report given at the United Nations in December 2014, that the grievance mechanism at the North Mara mine was used strategically to divert victims from
taking legal action. Locals suffer injuries related to gunfire, severe beatings with batons and other weapons, rape, and gang rape. In short, the vicious, brutal violence against locals around the Barrick mine continues with no sign from Barrick of any solutions.

2015: Argentina

Argentina judge ordered a five‐day suspension of the gold leaching process at Barrick’s Veladero mine.
The purpose is to investigate the environmental damage from a cyanide leak.
United Nations experts invited to analyze water samples.

2016: Dominican Republic

Barrick back in court to defend land dispute cases from local farmers. Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Land Court for the fifth hearing in their case against the Barrick.
Hundreds of people sued the mining company to demand payment for the farmers’ properties.

2016: Tanzania

Due to the high levels of violence at Barrick’s North Mara mine, NGO’s meet with Barrick’s Acacia office in London to clarify the process and procedures of North Mara’s Non‐Judicial Grievance Mechanism for the victims of excessive use of force by mine security and police guarding the mine. Issues needing Barrick attention: Absence of a comprehensive remedy framework document; Lack of clarity about how claims are investigated; Lack of clarity about how claims are accepted or rejected; Complainants
lack access to adequate, independent legal advice; Use of legal waivers

2016: Argentina
Federal Court reports that the 2015 cyanide spill at Barrick’s Veladero mine contaminated five rivers in the region. Federal Police confirmed that Barrick to be investigated over environmental crimes in the country and state there is “definite case of law infringement” of the country’s legislation on the proper handling of hazardous substances.

2016: USA

A New York federal judge ruled against Barrick in the class action suit from investors who accused Barrick of repeatedly and knowingly misleading them about whether the Barrick troubled $8.5 billion South American mining project complied with environmental regulations.

2016: Tanzania

Villagers living around Barrick’s North Mara mine are still suffering from violence at the hands of mine security and police guarding the mines. Women have been beaten and raped and men have been maimed and killed by mine security. Barrick is aware of the ongoing human rights abuses at their mine and selectively provided remedy packages to some victims in return for legal waivers.
However, the remedy process is not reaching all victims, is not equitable, and is not meeting victims’ needs. NGO’s are chasing Barick for solutions but none are forthcoming.

2016: Papua N Guinea

Villagers living around Barrick’s mine are still suffering from violence at the hands of mine security and police guarding the mines. Women have been beaten and raped and men have been maimed and killed by mine security. Barrick is aware of the ongoing human rights abuses at their mine and selectively provided remedy packages to some victims in return for legal waivers.
However, the remedy process is not reaching all victims, is not equitable, and is not meeting victims’ needs. NGO’s are chasing Barick for solutions but none are forthcoming.

2016: Tanzania

Fraud and Corruption and tax evasion scandals including Barrack being lambasted in Parliament and the President of Tanzania stating that if Barrick and other overseas miners cannot make profits and pay taxes in Tanzania, they better go back to their own countries.

2016: Papua N Guinea

Human rights group near to Barrick’s mine is once again reporting on behalf of human rights victims of the mine. Around Sept 2015, the group submitted to Barrick 256 names of victims who have been shot dead, injured and raped by Barrick security personnel. They received a claims number, but there has been no progress on the claims.

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