Seventeen Australian residents are believed to have been detained in China, sources have told Al Jazeera.
An activist said that the individuals were being kept in secretive “re-education” centres in Xinjiang after they were arrested when visiting relatives.
The Australian government has said it’s unaware of any residents being held in China.
According to the UN, up to one million Uighur Muslims “counter-extremism centres” in China’s far west region of Xinjiang – home to approximately 10 million Uighur Muslims.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney.
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