EU wants ‘verifiable proof’ Chinese tennis player is safe

The European Union wants China to launch “verifiable proof” that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a radical and clear investigation into her sexual assault allegations.

Peng, a three-time Olympian and former top-ranked doubles player, dropped out of public view after accusing a former Communist Party official of sexual assault.

Peng solely has had a number of direct contacts with officers exterior China since she disappeared from public view earlier this month. She instructed Olympic officers in a Nov. 21 video name from Beijing that she was safe and nicely.

“Her latest public reappearance doesn’t ease considerations about her security and freedom,” an EU spokesperson mentioned.

Peng made the sexual assault allegation online towards a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli. The tennis player’s post was eliminated inside minutes, and he or she stopped showing in public.

“The EU joins rising worldwide calls for, together with by sport professionals, for assurances that she is free and never beneath risk,” the EU mentioned in a press release.

“In this spirit, the EU requests the Chinese authorities to supply verifiable proof of Peng Shuai’s security, well-being and whereabouts. The EU urges the Chinese authorities to conduct a full, honest and clear investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.”

Peng provides to a rising variety of Chinese businesspeople, activists and unusual individuals who have disappeared from public view lately after criticizing occasion figures or in crackdowns on corruption or pro-democracy and labor rights campaigns.

“The EU strongly opposes using the observe of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention…and calls upon China to adjust to its human rights obligations beneath nationwide and worldwide legislation,” the EU mentioned.

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