Honduras: an urgent need for a new social pact

The reporting contained in this paper took place during several trips to Honduras, including a fact-finding trip from February 5-8, 2011 – at a time when President Porfirio Lobo’s administration was reaching its first year in power – and a subsequent visit at the first General Assembly of the National Front of Popular Resistance (Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular, FNRP) from February 25 – March 1, 2011. This paper documents what transpired during this historic meeting, and also offers a broad overview of the current political situation in post-coup Honduras. Against great odds and organizational obstacles, in a nation with large, powerful and established political actors, in a climate of repression, violence, and fear; the fact that this assembly took place is itself a formidable accomplishment….