Sutton Resources Ltd. Mine acquired by Barrick Gold Corp. in 1999.
EDC: $173 million political risk insurance
MIGA: US$172 million guarantees
CPP: $351 million
Bulyanhulu is among the most controversial Canadian mining operations in the world. Artisanal miners were forcibly evicted from the concession area by Tanzanian troops in 1996 when the concession was held by Barrick’s predecessor, Sutton Resources. A storm of allegations surround the evictions including one that as many as 52 miners were buried in mine shafts. Barrick denies these allegations. A former Tanzanian Attorney General and an international team of researchers, lawyers and NGOs have called for an independent inquiry into the evictions. The World Bank Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) found that the evidence regarding the alleged deaths was unconvincing and did not recommend an independent inquiry, deferring this decision to the Government of Tanzania. No inquiry has been held, and the CAO report has been widely criticized by NGOs.