(Español, abajo) Summary of the conflict - The platinum mining corporation Lonmin, based in the UK, 25 % of which is currently owned by Glencore, has been denounced for its activities carried out in Marikana, Rustenburg, South Africa, since 2004. Lonmin’s activities have been linked by the affected communities with environmental damage caused by exceeding the limits of emission of dust, sulphur dioxide, and calcium sulphide, and for causing water pollution with irregular discharges. Moreover, and with regard to the workers it employs, on August 16th 2012, 34 workers were killed and 78 were injured by the South African Police and Lonmin Security Guards, while they were on strike and protesting peacefully. The protest was the result of a five-month long struggle targeting the corporation for a decent living wage. Needless to say, Lonmin’s actions, the complicity of Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of the ANC, and now deputy president of the South African government, as well as the murderous actions of the SAPS, are all blatantly in violation of international human rights law, especially of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as in breach of basic international labour standards, recognized by the International Labour Organization. History of the conflict Despite being registered in the UK, Lonmin, since 1999, has all its operations in South Africa. It has been involved in controversies not only when it comes to its environmental impact but also in human rights violations. The Lonmin corporation has benefited from the South African government’s supportive policy framework for foreign investors, which has contributed to its continuing impunity. For instance, the air contamination resulting from Lonmin operations have greatly exceeded the limits for residential and industrial areas. Sulphur Dioxide is another worrying matter, as the limit quantity allowed keeps getting raised to accommodate the corporation’s needs. After exceeding the limit of 4.8 tonnes per day by eight and a half times in 2003, the bar was raised to 17.9 tonnes per day in 2011. Although this decreased again two years later, the levels of Sulphur Dioxide remain alarming. The solution by Lonmin, however seems to bring other contamination – since in reducing the emissions of SO2, Calcium Sulphide is being created as a waste product that contaminates the water of the area.