Aaron Halegua Highlights China's Repression Toward Labor Groups

Former Skadden fellow Aaron Halegua ('09) co-authored an op-ed for The Washington Post about China's recent increase in repression toward labor nongovernmental organizations in the country ("Cruel Irony: China's Communists Are Stamping Out Labor Activism," Jan. 3). The op-ed argued recent actions by China's Communist Party to intimidate and detain labor leaders miss the point. "Labor conflict in China has indeed been growing rapidly in recent years ... but workers are striking because labor laws are not enforced and there are no effective means for legally resolving collective disputes — not because workers are being duped by NGOs with unspecified ulterior motives," the op-ed said. Aaron is a research scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law.