Date filed
9 December 2021
Countries of harm


On 9 December 2021, Project Sepik Inc and Jubilee Australia Research Centre, on behalf of 2,638 people living along the Sepik River, filed a specific instance against PanAust Limited at the Australian NCP. The complaint concerns activities of PanAust and its subsidiary, Frieda River Limited, regarding their plans to build the Frieda River Mine in the headwaters of the Sepik River. If built, the mine will be the largest in PNG’s history and includes a proposal for a vast tailings dam that, if breached, would lead to significant environmental destruction for communities downriver. The Complainants allege that PanAust has failed to uphold their rights as affected Indigenous communities to give Free, Prior and Informed Consent to the project. The Complainants also allege that PanAust has failed to adequately address the environmental risks and likely impacts of the Project on the Sepik River and its environment; and have not adequately disclosed project information to stakeholders. Complainants are seeking support from the NCP to facilitate discussions with the PanAust, and are asking the company to pause all further project development, and engage in good faith consultations at an international standard with all potentially affected communities, including the Complainants, with participation of an independent third party. Should these consultations not result in the Complainants providing their Free, Prior and Informed Consent to the project, the Complainants ask that the company commit to discontinuing its plans for the mine.

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    9 December 2021