“They had to lie like corpses in the car”

  • Date and time: April 2, 2021 03:30
  • Location: road to Lipa, Bosnia
  • Coordinates: 44.6891244, 16.0884745
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 13 person(s), age: 30, rest unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 8 Croatian officers in green uniforms and an unknown number of officers in blue uniforms.
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On April 4, a group of 13 men from Afghanistan was pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia near the town Bihac. The respondent was 30 years old and spoke fluent German, having lived there for many years.

He set off with a group of 35 people. Croatian officers were described as waiting at the D1 road, which the group reached around 3 am. The officers had lights and told everyone to stop. 13 members of the group were apprehended, the other 22 managed to escape.

The officers involved in the pushback wore a mix of green (in line with the special police) and blue (in line with the border guards) uniforms. There were eight officers in green and 10 to 18 in blue uniforms, these would come and go and come and go, the respondent said.

After they stopped the group, the officers in blue ordered them to remove their valuables and turn them over (phones and money). They searched people, and when they found something that had not been turned over, the respondent described, they struck that person with their weapon. They also took everyone’s coats. At this time it was cold and snowing.

The group was then put in what was described as a small car, so they had to lie like corpses. The respondent described that it was difficult to breathe because of a lack of air. They were driven to the border at Bihac and pushed back there.

Injury after beating
The arm of one beaten man.