The Danish Red-Green Alliance and Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular
Enhedslisten is launching first phase of a project collaborating with the “National Popular Resistance Front” (FNRP) in Honduras. The resistance movement is in a process of transferring into the political party “Liberty and Renewal” (LIBRE). The DIPD board has approved a project where Enhedslisten will invest 236.039 DKK in political training with the party members. The training will primarily be aimed at empowering the leading members of the party to take part of the constitutional process.
About the Partnership
The Lobo government has taken first step to begin a reconciliation of the polarized country. Among others the government has put forward a new law establishing a mechanism for constitutional change through referenda. The president has also accepted that FNRP puts forward suggestions for changing the constitution.
The purpose of the project is to empower members of the LIBRE party to engage in the constitutional process by gathering and systematizing knowledge of constitutional processes and training the members of the party.
When Enhedslisten visited Honduras as a preparation for the project application they were requested to provide FNRP with political trainings to strengthen the movement and the party LIBRE. Many of the party members are involved in politics for the first time and they need to have their competences as policy developers build up.
To empower and train the political members to engage in the constitutional process, the following activities are planned:
- A coordination meeting with the participation of relevant committees (communication, education and organization committees) within FNRP including regional representation.
- Enhedslisten will in cooperation with FNRP facilitate workshops and public meetings with participation from persons who were engaged in the constitutional processes in Ecuador and Bolivia.
- The project will also involve a high level exchange of experience on constitutional reform and left wing participation in elections with political actors from Bolivia and Ecuador.
- Two public meetings on the constitutional process in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula with the participation of 100 people in each meeting.
- A representative from FNRP will visit Denmark and the congress of the Enhedslisten in order too obtain insight into party structure
- A workshop planning for a second phase of the project
The first phase of the project will run from January to July 2012
Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular
The resistance movement was initially based on a broad number of social and political organizations. Many of those were originally formed as part of the social mobilization following the hurricane Mitch in 1998, including the Bloque Popular created in 1999 by trade unions and political organizations. Bloque Popular gave birth to FNRP before the coup and many new organizations joined this movement; including significant parts of the Liberal Party from which the deposed president Zelaya came.
After the return of the former president Zelaya in mid-2011 the FNRP took the initiative to establish the political party LIBRE. It is now in the process of legal recognition in order to run for the elections in November 2013.
LIBRE has, in accordance with other political parties in Honduras, established a number of internal groups. The biggest group is FRP, representing the FNRP, while other groups have been formed by former members of the Liberal Party.
Contact International Secretary for the Red-Green Alliance, Flavia Oregon at email@example.com