EU wants “verifiable evidence” Chinese tennis players are safe


Brussels — The European Union wants to release “verifiable evidence” that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe on Tuesday and conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into her allegations of sexual assault. Said.

Peng, a three-time Olympic athlete and former top-ranked double sprayer, dropped out of public after accusing former Communist Party officials of sexual assault.

Since Peng disappeared from public public earlier this month, he has had very few direct contacts with officials outside China. She told Olympic officials in a video call from Beijing on November 21 that she was safe and energetic.

“Her recent public reappearance does not ease her concerns about security and freedom,” said an EU spokesman.

Peng has filed an online allegation of sexual assault against Zhang Gaoli, a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling standing committee. The tennis player’s post was deleted within minutes and she disappeared from public view.

“The EU, including sports professionals, is joining the growing international demands to ensure that she is free and free from threats,” the EU said in a statement. “In this spirit, the EU is calling on the Chinese government to provide verifiable evidence of Peng Shuai’s security, well-being, and whereabouts. The EU has told Chinese authorities about her allegations of sexual assault. We urge you to carry out a complete, fair and transparent investigation. “

Peng has increased the number of Chinese businessmen, activists and the general public who have disappeared from public in recent years by criticizing party figures and cracking down on corruption, democracy and workers’ rights campaigns. I am.

“The EU strongly opposes the use of enforced disappearances and the practice of arbitrary detention and urges China to comply with human rights obligations under national and international law,” the EU said.

Associated Press