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Tennis Star’s Allegation Highlights China’s Human Rights Abuses, Adds Fire to Boycott of Beijing Olympics

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Tennis Star’s Allegation Highlights China’s Human Rights Abuses, Adds Fire to Boycott of Beijing Olympics

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Politicians, sports stars, and human rights defenders from all around the world have increasingly been worried about the safety of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai since China’s state-run media posted her recent photos and videos. Peng, a former No.1-ranked doubles player, had been absent from public view for over two weeks after accusing retired Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault on Nov. 2. Soon after, the White House, the United Nations, the Women’s Tennis Association, and the men’s world No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic raised concerns for Peng’s safety. Peng’s case added fire to the campaign to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics, which opens on Feb. 4. Politicians, non-government organizations, activists, and athletes are pressing the Chinese regime to respect basic human rights. On Nov. 21, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that its president Thomas Bach had a 30-minute video call with Peng, Chinese senior official and IOC member …

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