“One of them was sick, but the police still beat him”

  • Date and time: August 23, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.154689907953, 19.174040648839
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

A group of people on the move had stayed for three or four days in Zagreb. On 22 August, 2017 they went to the office of the United Nations to register, when they were apprehended by the police. The interviewee was in front of the UN office door, as the police came. He started to shout and UN officers came and asked the police to let him enter the office. The police told them that they will take him to the station for registration and bring him back later. They placed him in jail for 14 hours and took his phone and his bag with his other belongings, and they also took 100€ from a friend who was with him. The police beat them.

Two other men from the group on the move tried to run away when the police apprehended them at around 4 pm. The police officers kicked them in the back and took them to the police station.

One of them was sick, but the police still beat him before they brought him to the hospital. The nurse said that he had heart problems and asked the police officers to give him asylum, so that they could treat him. The police took him back to the jail and pushed him back to Serbia with the others. One day later he still had marks from electrode pads on his chest.

At midnight the six men, including the interviewee, were brought back to the Serbian border in a van and left there.