Ai Weiwei: Chinese dissident artist critiques Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers ahead of Sydney Biennale

Ai Weiwei in front of his art installation which features a giant inflatable boat filled with people wearing life jacketsHe is one of the world’s most famous artists and China’s best known dissident, and 60-year-old Ai Weiwei has a message for Australia when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers.

“I struggle with Australia’s record towards refugees,” he said.

“Australia is a nation of migrants and its culture accepts and tolerates difference.

“But Australia’s refugee record is quite poor internationally. This is a very bad position for a state because people judge states on their acceptance and tolerance of people who need help.

“There is no excuse for any kind of policy which does not consider or protect very basic human rights.”

via Ai Weiwei: Chinese dissident artist critiques Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers ahead of Sydney Biennale – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)