“"European people very nice people. But government, big problem"”

  • Date and time: April 29, 2021 12:00
  • Location: Close to Velika Kladuša, BiH
  • Coordinates: 45.192100791449, 15.792216945644
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 13 person(s), age: 22-40 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 3 Croatian army officer with green uniform, one police officer in blu uniform and 2 Croatian police officers with black uniform, balaclava mask and batons, 1 police van
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: Anonymous Partner

Original Report

On the 29th of April a group of 13 men from Pakistan was apprehended by the Croatian army while walking through the forest close to the road E65 in Croatia. From that day the respondent remembered how cold it was when the army catched them. The three officers in green uniform told the group: “Sit, don’t speak, don’t run.” After some time one officer in blue uniform arrived in a police vehicle, the officer then called for two more officers that arrived in a van, wearing black uniform and ski masks. The thirteen people were told to get into the back of this van. A two hours drive under bad conditions followed: the respondent describes “very bad driving” and vomiting.

The vehicle stopped at the border to Bosnia, close to the town of Velika Kladuša. The group was told to get out. The officers in black uniform took all personal belongings such as shoes, jackets, backpacks and sleeping bags, power-banks, phones and money and burnt everything. Then the group was told to walk across the border, from which they had to walk for two days to reach Lipa Camp, the place where they stayed before.