Porgera rape settlement deal has ‘wide-ranging impact’

A group photo of Porgera community women and men who say they were raped or violently abused at the gold mine owned by Barrick Gold Corporation. Photo: Supplied

A group photo of Porgera community women and men who say they were raped or violently abused at the gold mine owned by Barrick Gold Corporation. Photo: Supplied

ABC Radio Australia

An international legal expert says the settlement between the world’s biggest gold miner and a group of women who were raped by security guards and police at the company’s Pogera mine in Papua New Guinea has wider significance.

The 11 women, and the families of three other people, were planning to file a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States but the parties reached an out-of-court settlement.

The confidential settlement means the women and their lawyers at Earth Rights International can’t say much publicly.

But one person who can is Tyler Giannini, a clinical professor of law and Co-Director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program.

He has written widely about abuses related to the mining industry and carried out investigations in many countries including PNG.

Mr Giannini says even though the details of deal can’t be publicised, the deal by Barrick Gold is still highly significant.

Presenter: Liam Fox

Speaker: Tyler Giannini, Co-Director of Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program

Listen to the audio on Radio Australia

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