Women protest against Panguna reopening

The women, supported by youths, men and children, were disputing the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and Panguna landowners. This will see Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) return to reopen the Mine before June 2019.
Bougainville Hardliners Against Re-opening of Panguna mine

Bougainville Hardliners Against Re-opening of Panguna mine

Rio Tinto may have walked away from Bougainville, but a legacy of conflict remains. The ‘Bougainville Hardliners’ have strongly opposed the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s decision to re-open the Panguna Mine with Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) as the preferred operator.
Saving civilization: the 2017 Rio Tinto AGM

Saving civilization: the 2017 Rio Tinto AGM

Rio Tinto subsidiary QMM’s ilmenite mine in Madagascar Report on the Rio Tinto AGM, London, Wednesday 12 April 2017 By Richard Solly, Co-ordinator, London Mining Network with assistance from Albert Beale, Andrew Hickman, Andy Whitmore, Mamy Rakotondrainibe,...
New Zealander details Panguna involvement 28 years on

New Zealander details Panguna involvement 28 years on

In 1988, before civil war broke out in Bougainville, New Zealander Martin Ward was there, leading a team studying the impacts of the contentious Panguna copper mine (controlled by Rio Tinto). Panguna had been operating for about 20 years and generating a lot of money for Rio Tinto and the Papua New Guinea Government but doing little for the people of Bougainville, especially those around the mine.
Rio Tinto to quit Bougainville’s Panguna mine

Rio Tinto to quit Bougainville’s Panguna mine

After many years of majority ownership of the Bougainville's Panguna mine, Rio Tinto has announced the sale of its majority stake in Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) to an Australian equity investment company. It would then be shared between the country's Autonomous Government (ABG) and that of Papua New Guinea. If one or other doesn't take up the "offer" BCL could then be sold to a third party.
Rio Tinto to quit Bougainville's Panguna mine

Rio Tinto to quit Bougainville's Panguna mine

After many years of majority ownership of the Bougainville's Panguna mine, Rio Tinto has announced the sale of its majority stake in Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) to an Australian equity investment company. It would then be shared between the country's Autonomous Government (ABG) and that of Papua New Guinea. If one or other doesn't take up the "offer" BCL could then be sold to a third party.
Goodnight children – sleep well: the 2016 Rio Tinto AGM

Goodnight children – sleep well: the 2016 Rio Tinto AGM

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh By Richard Solly, Co-ordinator, London Mining Network (LMN) If you are a parent and your children find it difficult to go off to sleep at night, you may consider asking Sam Walsh to read them a bedtime story. A few paragraphs would surely...