Mexican ex-president's Harvard job spurs outcry
Posted at 01/16/2013 8:11 AM | Updated as of 01/16/2013 8:11 AM
Mexico City - Harvard University's decision to give former Mexican president Felipe Calderon a fellowship has sparked an outcry from activists who say his controversial drug war makes him unfit for the job.
Mexican poet Javier Sicilia and human rights activist Sergio Aguayo sent a letter to the dean of the Kennedy School of Government this week, saying that Calderon "does not fulfill the ethical standards" to work at the institution.
Aguayo and Sicilia, whose son was killed by drug traffickers in 2011, wrote that Calderon was responsible for the "human tragedy caused by this war: more than 60,000 dead, at least 25,000 people disappeared, 260,000 displaced."
Similar messages were posted on the petitions website www.change.org, which collected more than 30,000 signatures urging Harvard president Drew Faust to rescind the job offer.