“Nights are very very cold, and my arms were without sleeves and I was shaking my hands”

  • Date and time: August 18, 2021 15:00
  • Location: near Bunić, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 44.694089669298, 15.54345253368
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 13 person(s), age: unknown , from: Pakistan, Bangladesh
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: water immersion, destruction of personal belongings, reckless driving
  • Police involved: 3 civilian Croatian officers, 2 Croatian officers wearing Croatian border police uniforms
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: Anonymous Partner

Original Report

A group of 13 people from Pakistan and Bangladesh was caught on Wednesday, 18th of August in the afternoon by Croatian authorities.

The group members were located in Croatia, around 50 km from the Bosnian border when they encountered a police car on a street near the A25 highway. The respondent claims, that they have been walking for five days from the Lipa camp. “It was undercover police, they were without uniform but having the tags of the police and the guns with them”, the respondent states. The three officers in civilian clothes, presumably Croatian Regular or Border police officers, told the group members to sit down on the road and wait. “we waited for the general police with the uniform, 30 minutes to one hour.”

Then a police van with two officers arrived. They were wearing the sky-blue collared shirts of the Croatian Border Police. All 13 group members were escorted in the same van and brought to a nearby police station. “we were all of the guys in one car, which was very small.” The respondent states that the drive to the police station took less than one hour. “They drive very very hard and very fast.”

“They left us in the car in the police station. Around 30 minutes, one hour. Then we were in another car, three hours maybe driving to border.” The police officers brought them to the Bosnian border. “They are using anonymous violence. Smashing our bags, clothes, foods and let us go through the water.”, the respondent states.

The group was pushed back to Bosnia in the night to the 19th of August and had to walk 6 to 7 hours in the night without warm clothes. They reached the camp in Lipa at 5am. “Nights are very very cold, and my arms were without sleeves and I was shaking my hands. Finally a Red Cross team stopped and provided us with food, water and blankets. Final deporting was very very hard and painful.”

“I have a few questions to authorities or people who can give information. how can we do better? In which way can we continue or should we move, that can be non-stressful or having smaller quantities of pain?”