“She was repeatedly mocked by the officers for being transgender”

  • Date and time: August 30, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.147291593654, 19.164148930938
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: unknown person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan, Cuba
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), insulting, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: photos taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On August 30th, the interviewee, a 40 years-old transgender woman from Cuba, moved from Monténégro to Croatia. She wanted to apply for asylum, under special conditions of being transgender.

When she arrived in Zagreb, she went to the camp (Hotel Borin), because it was late at night and she stayed there for two days. The staff in the camp told her to ask about the police documents and to go to the UNHCR. When she arrived to
the UNHCR office, she was treated well, and was advised to go to the police station, in order to get permission to enter the asylum processes.

But at the police station she was locked in a cell, and the police officers took pictures of her. After more than 2 hours, she was placed in a car with other people-on-the-move from Afghanistan, and the police told them they were going to Serbia.

She was repeatedly mocked by the officers for being transgender. The police took her mobile phone, supposedly to search for information, but they kept it. The group was left in CHIP on the railway tracks. The Police were shouting “Go go go”, and they beat a person who was running slower than the others.

Her wrist hurt for several days as a result of very tight handcuffs.