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UN asks for proof of missing Chinese tennis star’s wellbeing

AFP

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This file photo taken on October 4, 2017 shows Peng Shuai hitting a return during a match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China.
Greg Baker/AFPThis file photo taken on October 4, 2017 shows Peng Shuai hitting a return during a match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China.

Peng, 35, is a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion

The United Nations said on Friday it wants proof of the whereabouts of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who has been missing ever since she made sexual assault allegations against a former vice-premier.

The UN Human Rights Office called for a fully-transparent investigation into the former Grand Slam doubles champion's claims against Zhang Gaoli.

"It would be important to have proof of her whereabouts and well-being and we would urge that there be an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault," Liz Throssell, a spokeswoman for UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet's office, told reporters in Geneva.

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"According to available information, Peng, a former world doubles number one, hasn't been heard from publicly since she alleged on social media that she had been sexually assaulted.”

"We would stress that it's important to know where she is and her state, know about her well-being.”

"We think it would be important that there's an investigation into her allegations."

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Peng, 35, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, alleged on the Chinese social media site Weibo earlier this month that former vice-premier Zhang "forced" her into sex during a long-term on-off relationship.

The claims were quickly scrubbed from the platform and she was not seen since, drawing mounting concern over her wellbeing.