Statement Regarding Porgera Joint Venture,
Papua New Guinea

 
 
 
June 12, 2014 — The Fund for Peace is aware of a report that abuses may have been committed by police against the inhabitants of an area near the Porgera Joint Venture mine, known as Wingima, during a recent police operation in Papua New Guinea.

The Fund for Peace has been in contact with Mr. Ila Geno, the independent observer appointed to monitor policing activities in the region, and understands that he is conducting an investigation. The Fund for Peace is supporting Mr. Geno in fulfilling his mandate as independent observer.

The Fund for Peace will continue to monitor the situation closely, and confer with local stakeholders, including Mr. Geno, mine management, community leaders and police, to obtain more clarity about the police operation, which took place on June 6. Anyone with information regarding the events of June 6 is urged to contact police immediately. Those with information may also contact Mr. Geno or The Fund for Peace, to the attention of Ms. Krista Hendry at khendry@fundforpeace.org.

We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
 
 
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