“When the Croatian Red Cross enquired about the people calling for help, the border police denied that they had caught them and denied their presence at the station”

  • Date and time: August 30, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Near Dobova, Slovenian-Croatian border
  • Coordinates: 45.149320217819, 19.16923378623
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 21 person(s), age: 16-unknown , from: Algeria
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian border police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On August 30th, 2017, a 16 year old boy from Algeria was apprehended by the Croatian police, on the border between Slovenia and Croatia. He expressed his intention to apply for asylum and told them he was a minor and needed help.

The police brought him to the police station close to the border, where the cells were already occupied by 20 other people-on-the-move. The police took their money, bags and phones.

One person managed to keep his phone, and called the Croatian Red Cross, explaining the situation, sending the GPS data, and asking for help. This organization apparently called the border police, who denied that they had caught them and denied their presence at the station. The police then asked for the phone that contacted this organization, and threatened to deport them if the phone was not handed over. They group denied having the phone.

The organization called them back on this phone and explained that the police would bring them to Zagreb in in order to start the asylum processes. However, the police put them in 2 big cars and took them to the border with Serbia. They pushed them across the border and warned them that if they come back they, would be pushed-back again. The group was beaten by the Croatian police just before being sent across the border.