la ong international amnesty (AI) on Thursday asked Chinese authorities to prove the tennis player’s “safety” and “whereabouts” peng shui, He Two weeks ago he accused the Deputy Prime Minister Chinese retired Zhang Gaoli forced her to have sexAt the same time, it has been demanded that the complaints made should be investigated.
AI researchers on China dorienne lau indicated that the Chinese governmentThe movement has been systematically silenced.Me too‘ in country“More in this context”Given that it also takes a zero-tolerance approach to criticism, it is deeply disturbing that Peng Shuai appears to be missing after accusing a former senior government official of sexual harassment.L”, he added.
In the early hours of Thursday, the Chinese regime tried to stifle voices for Peng Shuai’s safety and well-being. An email allegedly written by Peng himself In which she says that she was safe and sound and that the allegations of sexual violence were not true. In this also he asked the leaders of Women’s Tennis Association Stop interfering in the matter.
Hours later the Women’s Tennis Association responded by suggesting what everyone thought: that the email was a hoax. ,I find it hard to believe that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believe he is responsible for“, said Steve Simon, Executive Director of the Association.
For his part, Lau also expressed himself about the alleged email, saying that “Peng’s recent alleged statement that ‘all is well’ should not be accepted as authentic, as Chinese state media has a history of extracting statements from people under pressure, or simply making them up.,Until Peng’s safety and whereabouts are confirmed, these concerns will not subside.“She insisted.
In Lau’s view, the Peng case”Highlights the treatment faced by women who have survived sexual abuse in China“of which he said his complaints are”systematically ignored and often attacked so to speakThe Peng case is the first of its kind against someone in the highest echelons of power in China. Politburo Standing Committee, and has highlighted the country’s enormous capacity to suppress all criticism, including those of women accused of sexual violence.
In a post on the Chinese social media website on November 2 WeiboPeng Shuai accused retired Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex. Zhang Gaoli was the country’s deputy prime minister between 2013 and 2018 and is considered an aide to the president. Xi Jinping, The debate over the allegations was quickly censored on Chinese social media and the original post – which read “you took me to your house and forced me to have sex with you“- no longer visible online.
What has made Ms. Peng’s case internationally known is her celebrity status in her country. Furthermore, as he moved into the ranks of professional tennis, The Chinese government considered him a model athlete, “She’s like the wind in women’s tennis,” wrote 2013 People’s Daily, main newspaper of Chinese Communist Party, “She will always be our Chinese princess,” the note read.
The international scandal over Peng’s indictment has begun just weeks after Winter Olympics in BeijingEfforts to silence voices and calm the waters are aimed at maintaining the Chinese government‘s own international image, while calls for a diplomatic and commercial boycott of the Games’ spread.
In what sense, Human Rights Watch released a report last week criticizing the main sponsors of the Olympics for not speaking publicly on issues related to human rights and other abuses.
For his part, the head of the Women’s Tennis Association has demanded that Peng and Threatened to withdraw the organization and stop business activities in the country if “appropriate results” are not achieved, Following this line, the body governing men’s tennis, ATP, also issued a statement saying it was “deeply concerned by the uncertainty surrounding Ms Peng’s immediate safety and whereabouts”.
Chinese dictatorships have a long history on their side when it comes to addressing grievances against it, even when they have acquired international relevance – as evidenced by the horrific human rights violations and genocide against Uighurs in the Xinjiang region. is the case. However, with the relevance that the matter has been reported in the international press and with the Olympic Games just around the corner, hope remains that the Chinese government will release Peng Shuai from his place of imprisonment and try to clarify, at least At some point, what happened.