The World Peace Council anounces with grief the demise of our beloved comrade Orlando Fundora Lopez, President of honor of the WPC, at the age of 90.
Orlando Fundora joined the revolutionary movement in Cuba before 1954 as trade unionist in the banking system participating in numerous of struggles and actions for which he was jailed and tortured several times by the Batista regime. From his exile in Venezuela he continued his struggle along with the local revolutionary movement from 1957-1959,again jailed and heavily tortured by the regime.
After the triumph of the Revolution he assumed the post of director of Radio Havana and later director of the Prensa Latina News Agency. In 1966 Orlando Fundora became chief of Information of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and after 1973 Chief of the Department of revolutinary orientation of the Central Committee. He was for decades a member of the Central Committee of the CP of Cuba.
Orlando Fundora Lopez assumed in 1985 the Presidency of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples (MOVPAZ) till 2006. In the Assembly of 2000 in Athens he contributed decisively to the anti-imperialist re-orientation of the WPC and the shift of its Headoffice to Athens.During the Assembly of the WPC in 2004 he got elected President of the WPC and in the Assembly of Caracas in 2008 President of Honor of the WPC.
Orlando Fundora Lopez dedicated his lifetime to the revolutionary and anti-imperialist struggle,to the just causes of the poor and opressed allover the world. The WPC is loosing a tireless champion of the struggle for peace and social justice, he will be remembered and will serve as example for the future generations.
The WPC expresses its sincere condolences to the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples, to his family and to the Communist Party of Cuba.
The Secretariat WPC
3rd February 2016