The United Nations Office for Human Rights reiterated today that “serious allegations of sexual assault” must be investigated. released earlier this month by tennis player Peng Shuai against former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.
“The most important thing is that the Chinese authorities guarantee a transparent investigation” As a result of these accusations, the spokeswoman for that United Nations office Marta Hurtado said at a press conference.
The official source insisted that “The freedom of movement and expression of the tennis player must be fully respected.”
Hurtado declined to comment on whether The video call held last Sunday by Peng with the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, is according to the UN office sufficient proof to show that the tennis player is okay.
Concern for Peng, former number one on the women’s doubles circuit, began after she posted a letter on social media on November 2 (censored after a few minutes) in which he accused former Vice Premier Zhang of having tried to force him to have sex at the politician’s home.
The women’s tennis association (WTA) has led calls to know the whereabouts of Peng, threatening to suspend its relationship with China, and maintains its doubts about the situation of the tennis player, even after the IOC inflearn of his conversation with her.