Since the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of President Manuel Zelaya June 28, 2009, a vibrant, nonviolent democratic resistance has demanded a “refounding” of the State. Democratic popular movements including unions, teachers, students, indigenous and Afro-descended, human rights, LGBTQ, and campesino groups united to form the National Front for Popular Resistance (FNRP). The FNRP last year formed a political party, LIBRE, to compete in the national elections of November 2013. Primary elections for LIBRE and Honduras’ traditional parties will be held November 18, 2012. Four LIBRE primary candidates have been killed to date and violence against FNRP activists and members is committed daily, with total impunity by the private armies of rich Hondurans and the police and army of defacto president Porfirio Lobo.
North American governments have continued their economic and political support of the Pepe Lobo regime despite ongoing human rights violations against members of the FNRP and the LIBRE party. The FNRP and LIBRE have called for international accompaniment during the elections and the Honduras Solidarity Network, a coalition of 30 groups in the US, has responded by sponsoring this delegation. We will be hosted in Honduras by the FNRP and LIBRE. In the context of the elections, delegation members will examine, investigate and report on the human rights situation including the role that their government has played in the human rights situation in Honduras.
Our delegation will be will be reporting from Honduras about our experience. Stay tuned!