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IOC entering ‘harmful waters’ with Peng video name, says Amnesty International

Nov 22 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has entered harmful waters by collaborating in a name with Peng Shuai that was meant to supply assurances over the Chinese participant’s security, human rights group Amnesty International stated on Monday.

Peng, a former doubles world primary, had a video name on Sunday with IOC president Thomas Bach and advised him she was secure and nicely after Western governments and the worldwide tennis neighborhood expressed mounting concern for her wellbeing.

The 35-year-old had not been seen for almost three weeks since alleging on social media that former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her.

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Neither Zhang nor the Chinese authorities have commented on Peng’s allegations.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry didn’t instantly reply to an electronic mail request on Monday for touch upon the Amnesty assertion.

“The IOC is entering dangerous waters. They should be extremely careful not to participate in any whitewash of possible human rights violations,” stated Amnesty’s China researcher Alkan Akad.

“In the past we have seen various similar cases where people had no option but to say what they had been told to,” he stated.

Akad stated the video name was barely convincing and did little to alleviate fears over the participant’s wellbeing, echoing the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) earlier on Monday.

“The Chinese government has a track record, especially the state run media outlets of fabricating statements or making people give forced and sometimes televised testimonies shortly after people go missing,” stated Akad.

Akad referred to as on the Chinese authorities to analyze allegations of sexual abuse and be certain that the survivors have a platform to precise themselves freely, and with none adversarial penalties.

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Reporting by Iain Axon, writing by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Jon Boyle

The Amnesty International Hong Kong office is seen after its announcement to close citing China-imposed national security law, in Hong Kong, China. October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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