17 Mar 2017

PNG locals pray for ombudsman to monitor Canadian miners

From , 6:04 am on 17 March 2017

Campaigners in Papua New Guinea say they are praying that Canada's Prime Minister will appoint an ombudsman to monitor Canadian mining companies overseas, saying it's their only hope for justice.

The Akali Tange Association in PNG has written to Justin Trudeau as part of a wider global campaign calling for an ombudsman to hold Canadian miners to account.

The group says Canadian-owned Barrick Gold employed security guards at PNG's Porgera Gold Mine who committed gross human rights violations including killings, assault, and rape.

Amelia Langford reports.

Porgera mine.

Porgera mine. Photo: wikicommons / Richard Farbellini