George Harper, Steve Harper, James Meyer and Beatriz Delgado traveled to Cuba to meet with various professionals and legal scholars to gain firsthand knowledge about conducting business in Cuba and its potential risks and rewards. One such meeting was with Dr. René Gómez Manzano, a well-known Cuban legal activist who serves as president of a group of “independent” Cuban lawyers that represents dissidents in actions brought against them by the Cuban government. Dr. Gómez is a member of the Group of Four, with whom he co-authored a paper in 1997 entitled “The Homeland Belongs to All,” which criticized Cuba’s human rights record and called for widespread political and economic reforms. He has been arrested three times and spent several years in jail, where he undertook two hunger strikes.
Pictured above from left to right: Steve Harper, James Meyer, Dr. René Gómez Manzano and George Harper