Peng Shuai missing case: WTA world’s best human rights organisation, willing to lose billions says former US official

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has develop into the world’s “most effective” human rights group over its management on the Peng Shuai case and willingness to lose cash to stand by its ideas, stated Kelley Eckels Currie, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

The whereabouts of Peng, a former tennis doubles world number one, grew to become a matter of worldwide concern for practically three weeks after she posted a message on social media alleging {that a} former prime Chinese authorities official had sexually assaulted her. She re-appeared over the weekend in Beijing.

The WTA, the primary organizational physique for girls’s tennis internationally, has referred to as for a clear investigation and assurances about Peng’s security and well-being, and has threatened to pull out of tournaments in China over the matter.

“If you had told me a week-and-a-half ago that the Women’s Tennis Association was going to be the most effective and bravest human rights organization in the world I would have thought you were bananas but here we are,” Currie advised Reuters in an interview on Tuesday (November 23).

“The WTA is essentially putting more than a billion dollars on the line over the life of a single member of the Women’s Tennis Association.” In 25 years of working in human rights, she had by no means seen any group “actually put something on the line like this for human rights,” stated Currie, the former U.S. Representative on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, nominated by then-President Donald Trump.

On Sunday (November 21), Peng held a video name with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, however the WTA has stated this didn’t handle or alleviate its issues about her wellbeing.

The United States, France, Britain and distinguished tennis gamers have all expressed issues over Peng, a former Olympian. It comes as Beijing is making ready to host the Winter Olympics subsequent February. Global rights teams and others have referred to as for a boycott of the Games over China’s human rights document.

“The tennis season goes all year,” stated Currie. “As long as players continue to express concern for her and this continues to be an issue with the WTA and they continue to raise her case, it will continue to remain in some kind of spotlight. It will be an issue at the Olympics and before that the Australian Open, and then Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Every time tennis does something and has an audience she will be there.”

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