Refugee advocates in Sydney protest against the treatment of asylum seekers at offshore detention centres run by Canberra. Photo: Reuters
Refugee advocates in Sydney protest against the treatment of asylum seekers at offshore detention centres run by Canberra. Photo: Reuters
Australia

Why does China’s treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang get more attention in Australia than Canberra’s detention of asylum seekers?

  • Australia has long been reticent to address its ‘offshore processing’ policies, even as its officials weigh in on Xinjiang
  • Experts and rights groups say xenophobia in Australia has been exploited for political gain, while Canberra may also be looking to avoid more confrontation with Beijing

Refugee advocates in Sydney protest against the treatment of asylum seekers at offshore detention centres run by Canberra. Photo: Reuters
Refugee advocates in Sydney protest against the treatment of asylum seekers at offshore detention centres run by Canberra. Photo: Reuters
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