The U.N. and White House have joined the rising demand for assurances and proof that lackingChinesetennis champ Peng Shuai is protected.
Peng, 35, wrote a put up on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, alleging sexual abuse she suffered by the hands of China’s former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng claimed Zhang, 75, compelled her to have intercourse regardless of repeated refusals following a spherical of tennis three years in the past.
The put up was shortly deleted and Peng has since disappeared from social media and public view. Tennis gamers and officers, led by Women’s Tennis Association CEO Steve Simon, are demanding a full investigation into Peng’s claims in addition to assurances of her security and wellbeing.
U.N. and White House officers have joined the rising demand for clear proof of Peng’s security after China’s state-owned TV outlet CGTN final week posted an e-mail it claimed Peng despatched Simon, which Simon mentioned solely additional raised issues and doubts about Peng’s security.
“It would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and wellbeing,” U.N. Human Rights spokesperson Liz Throssell told reporters Friday. “We would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault.”
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“It is really important to ensure accountability and justice for the victims, people who have suffered terrible trauma,” she added.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki echoed Throssell’s sentiment throughout a Friday press briefing, saying, “We are deeply concerned by reports that Peng Shuai appears to be missing.”
“We would join in the calls for PRC authorities to provide independent, verifiable proof of her whereabouts and that she is safe,” Psaki advised reporters. “I can’t speak, of course, to the details of the case or any more detail of where she might be, but … any report of sexual assault should be investigated.”
Psaki famous Beijing’s “zero tolerance for criticism” and “a record of silencing those that speak out,” which the White House will “continue to condemn.”
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Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman tweeted: “We are deeply concerned by reports that tennis player Peng Shuai appears to be missing, and we join the calls for the PRC to provide independent, verifiable proof of her whereabouts. Women everywhere deserve to have reports of sexual assault taken seriously and investigated.”
Biden lately advised reporters he’s contemplating a “diplomatic boycott” of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing resulting from a quantity of points between the U.S. and China, includding China’s therapy of ethnic minorities. In such a transfer, the U.S. wouldn’t ship an official authorities delegation to the Olympics, however athletes would nonetheless compete.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., advised Fox News that Biden must do extra to handle Peng’s state of affairs.
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“In light of tennis star Peng Shuai’s disappearance, it has become increasingly apparent that the safety and security of Team USA athletes cannot be guaranteed at the 2022 Beijing Olympics,” Blackburn mentioned. “That is why I’m calling on the United States Olympic Committee to refrain from sending American athletes to the 2022 Olympics.”
Despite the rising worldwide stress and the WTA’s risk to tug tournaments from China except the state of affairs is satisfactorily resolved, Beijing continues to take care of that it’s “unaware” of Peng’s state of affairs.
Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised reporters Friday the matter was “not a diplomatic question, and I’m not aware of the situation” – a stance he has maintained at any time when a reporter asks about Peng.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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