“Police kicked me, and said: 'stand up', and I cannot stand up, but then they just kicked me again and again”

  • Date and time: August 24, 2021 00:00
  • Location: Near the R401, in Bosanka Borsja
  • Coordinates: 45.194297, 16.011657
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 25 person(s), age: 7-62 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking
  • Police involved: 3 Croatian border police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, no translator present, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The respondent is a 62-year-old man from Afghanistan. He arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 months ago. On the 18th of August, he tried to reach Italy for the 4th time, together with a group of 25 people. Within the group were also some families and minors. 

After 6 days of walking, they were apprehended by the Croatian police officers. According to the description of the respondent, there were 3 police officers wearing blue uniforms, which would match the description of the municipality police or the Croatian Granica Policija (Border Police of Croatia). The group was then taken to the police station, where the respondent tried to ask for asylum but the police officers denied their request. The group also asked for water and food which was similarly denied. 

The respondent described that he was feeling sick, he had stomach pain, so once in the police station, he tried to sit down on the floor. But every time he tried to sit the police officer hit him with a stick and forced him to stand up again. 

“Police kicked me, and said: ‘stand up’, and I cannot stand up, but then they just kicked me again and again”

They spent a night at the police station. The next morning they were forced to get into a car, according to what the respondent told, they were in the car for two hours. When they arrived at the border with Bosnia, the respondent stated that the Croatian police crossed the border and told them to leave. 

The respondent had to walk 6 hours to arrive in Velika Kladusa and then there they took a bus to Bihac.

as they were walking in a very bad condition, without proper footwear, the interviewee has very serious wounds on his heels.

As they were walking in a very bad condition, without proper footwear, the respondent has very serious wounds on his heels.