“Croatian border police was so bad with us; they hit our feet with a stick, after we walked so many days in the jungle”

  • Date and time: August 22, 2021 06:00
  • Location: near Bihac border area
  • Coordinates: 45.271364159261, 15.273609804633
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: 20-27 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 4-5 Croatian Army Policen (SJP), some Croatian border police
  • 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: Anonymous

Original Report

The respondent is a Pakistani guy of 21 years old. On the 17th of August, he started his journey from Lipa camp; he walked through Bihac and then crossed the border to Croatia; he was with other 6 people, all Pakistani.

They walked for 5 days into Croatian territory. The respondents claimed that it was really hard and that they were in the jungle and the conditions were really hard. On the 22nd of August, the group was caught by Croatian special forces police, in green uniform, in the early morning time. The police found the group somewhere on E71 road, and the respondent says they were closed to the Slovenian border. The respondent declared that the police officers took their food, money, bags, but he said: “they were good with us”.

After that, the police officers forced the transit group to stay in a van all day. Then, in the evening the police officers took the transit group to the  Croatian – Bosnian border. The respondent claimed that the police were really bad and started hitting him and the other people from the same group on their feet. His feet were swollen at the moment of the testimony.

The police officers left the group somewhere closed to Bihac in the nighttime; they walked back to Lipa and arrived there the 23rd early morning. The respondent said that he asked for asylum many times, but no one was listening or answering to that.