“After the search and the physical violence, the policemen forced the three men to enter a container. On the ground of it were 30 cm of cold water.”

After the physical violences, the search and the detention in the container the policemen took everything from the three guys and they broke thierphones.
  • Date and time: April 20, 2022 06:40
  • Location: Glina, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.219403307766, 15.852864300293
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: 29, 36, 38 years old , from: Afghanistan, Iran
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, water immersion, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 6 Croatian policemen, 2 cars
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On Wednesday, April 20, three men, two from Afghanistan, aged 29 and 36, and one from Iran, aged 38, were seized by police forces at the bus station of the Croatian city of Glina and subsequently pushed back, at the border close to Karlovac. From here they walked back to Bosnia.

The respondent, the 29-year-old, said they left Velika Kladusa on Tuesday 19 but does not remember exactly at what time it was. The group of three walked to the border and crossed it during the night, reaching the town of Glina by walking on foot through the forest. Their intention was to take a bus from Glina to Zagreb. The respondent mentioned that he had multiple cuts on his hands after their journey through the dark forest.

At 6 in the morning on Wednesday 20 they arrived at the bus station in Glina and bought a bus ticket. When they got on the bus, they realized that the bus did not leave and quickly found out that it was because the driver called the police on them. Two policemen arrived between 6.30 and 7 am, and were soon joined by four more. The policemen wore a dark blue uniform and the description provided by the respondent suggests that they were members of the Croatian police.

When the police arrived, the three men were forced to get off the bus. Reportedly, the policemen screamed exclusively against the respondent because he was the first to get off the bus. A policeman stood in front of the man and kicked him his knee in the stomach. Reportedly, another officer came from behind and kicked him on his legs repeatedly. This outburst of violence was ended by a female officer hitting the respondent on the back of the head. He reported that two days after the kicking and beating he was still struggling to walk and suffered intense pain in the area of ​​the lower abdomen and in his intimate parts.

The respondent described how the three of them were trying to express their wish to claim asylum, but that they were being ignored. They were all strip-searched and the officers took all of their belongings. The respondent had to hand over a number of important personal documents such as his Afghan passport and a military card. The policemen requisitioned his documents (including the Bosnian police papers), money, credit cards, cigarettes, and a lighter. Then they also broke the screens, cameras, and phone chargers of their phones.

After the search, the policemen forced the three boys to enter a sort of container. Unfortunately, the respondents were not able to relate what sort of container it was exactly, but they remembered it being close to the bus station. The respondents described that on the floor, there was 30 cm of cold water. They were thus forced to remain with their feet in the water for about three hours, without being able to sit anywhere and without being given any indication. After they were taken out of the container, a police car arrived and they were pushed back near the Croatian town of Karlovach after about an hour spent in the car. They walked back to Velika Kladusa.