Peng Shuai disappearance: European Union requesting 'verifiable proof' of Chinese tennis star's safety

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The White House and United Nations required an examination into the sexual attack claims and subsequent disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai previously in November. The European Union joined them Tuesday.

Peng implicated previous Chinese Communist Party leader Zhang Gaoli of sexual attack on Nov. 2 and has actually been openly found just two times because. In a declaration, the EU asked for “verifiable proof” of Peng’s security and a much deeper examination into the previous world No. 1’s sexual attack claims. 

“The EU joins growing international demands, including by sport professionals, for assurances that she is free and not under threat,” the EU’s declaration checked out, according to the Associated Press. “In this spirit, the EU requests the Chinese government to provide verifiable proof of Peng Shuai’s safety, well-being and whereabouts. The EU urges the Chinese authorities to conduct a full, fair and transparent investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.

“The EU highly opposes making use of the practice of enforced disappearance and approximate detention…and hires China to adhere to its human rights responsibilities under nationwide and worldwide law.”

Peng — who made her claims in a since-deleted post to the Chinese social-media website Weibo — went 18 days with no public looks, however on Nov. 20 Chinese state media launched a video of her apparently eating in restaurants with pals and her coach in Beijing. 

A day later on, the IOC revealed it held a video conference with Peng and considered her to be safe. IOC president Thomas Bach, Chinese sports authorities Li Lingwei and Chair of the Athletes’ Commission Emma Terho were on the call, and they apparently consented to have supper with Peng ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 

Peng’s restricted go back to the general public eye isn’t pleasing the EU, nevertheless. 

“Her recent public reappearance does not ease concerns about her safety and freedom,” an EU representative stated.

The EU’s declaration comes 11 days after the White House and UN each required examinations into Peng’s sexual attack claims and location. Press secretary Jen Psaki stated the White House was “deeply concerned” at the time. 

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