The European Union on Tuesday called on the government of China to provide proof that tennis star Peng Shuai is safe.
They asked for a thorough and transparent investigation into her allegations of sexual assault by top former Chinese officials.
In a statement, the EU’s External Action Service (EEAS) said Beijing should provide “verifiable proof” of Peng’s wellbeing, stating that her “recent public reappearance does not ease concerns about her safety and freedom.”
Peng told Olympic officials in a video call from Beijing on November 21 that she was safe and well.
The 30-minute call came amid growing global alarm over Peng after she accused a former member of the Communist Party’s ruling Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli, of sexual assault.
“The EU joins growing international demands, including by sport professionals, for assurances that she is free and not under threat,” the EEAS statement reads.
“The EU strongly opposes the use of the practice of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention … and calls upon China to comply with its human rights obligations under national and international law.”
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