new York [US], Nov. 21 (ANI): Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concerns over the disappearance of Chinese three-time Olympic tennis player Peng Shuai.
The #WhereIsPengShuai hashtag is all the rage around the world, and prominent tennis players and other prominent figures have expressed fears over the whereabouts of the 35-year-old star.
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On November 2, Peng said on social media that she was sexually assaulted, forced to have sex with Zhang Gaoli, 75, who was Chinese vice premier from 2013 to 2018.
Peng has not been seen in public since and her social media posts have been deleted.
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On Thursday, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) received a statement allegedly from Peng, retracting his abuse complaint. “I find it hard to believe that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is attributed to him,” said WTA President Steve Simon.
The WTA has called for an investigation into her complaint and has said it is ready to pull tournaments out of the country if it does not get a proper response.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), on the other hand, has remained silent on the Olympian’s disappearance, HRW said. When the IOC finally commented, it was to endorse the government’s line: “We have seen the latest reports and are encouraged by the assurances that she is safe.”
The Chinese government, an IOC partner for the Winter Olympics, frequently forcibly eliminates individuals whose views or behavior it considers problematic or embarrassing, uses extralegal forms of detention, and issues forced confessions to make the crimes appear. legitimate doubtful cases. From Nobel Peace Prize winners to Hong Kong publishers to Interpol chiefs, Chinese authorities have gone to great lengths to silence critics, the rights group said.
Given that, it’s astonishing that the IOC accepts government assurances, especially at the expense of an Olympian making serious allegations, HRW said.
“The Chinese government is committing crimes against humanity targeting millions of Uyghurs and intensifying its oppression in Hong Kong and Tibet, while suppressing national and international media. But for the Chinese government, the Olympic Games are a geopolitical event which can elevate the status of the government and the Chinese Communist Party to power at home and abroad, ”the statement added.
The February 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are only two months away.
Athletes, sports fans around the world and Olympic sponsors should stand up for Peng and use their influence to tackle human rights violations in China ahead of the Games, HRW said. (ANI)
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