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Prove Peng Shuai is safe, U.N. calls on China

Former doubles champion missing since sexual assault allegations against former top official

Peng Shuai at the 2019 Australian Open. The tennis star has not been seen in public since she made sex assault allegations against a former vice premier on Nov. 2.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- China must prove the "whereabouts and well-being" of Peng Shuai, the U.N. human rights chief said Friday, after the tennis star disappeared following sexual assault allegations she made against a former Chinese vice premier.

"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 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, told reporters in Geneva.

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