“2 employees from UNHCR came down to talk with the police, he told them that he wanted asylum in Croatia, but they didn’t talk to him and were having a conversation only with the police”

  • Date and time: August 30, 2017 00:00
  • Location: UNHCR Office in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.8150108, 15.981918899999982
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: unknown , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: destruction of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 5-6 Police officers
  • 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: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

In August 2017, after 10 days of walking to reach Zagreb, the interviewee was heading to the UNHCR office in Zagreb. Before he arrived at the door the police caught him. They were approximately 5-6 police officers. They asked for his documents, he answered that he didn’t have any. The police asked him why he
came, and he answered that he wanted to ask for asylum, they told him to stay where he was. 2 employees from UNHCR (he recognized them because of their badges) came down to talk with the police. He told them that he wanted asylum in Croatia, but they didn’t talk to him and were having a conversation only with the police.

The police brought him and the 2 others people he was with to the police station. His mobile was broken by the police. He was caught at around 1pm. and was deported at 6am. after spending 7-8 hours in jail. The police left them all without food. They received a small bottle of water per person. They were deported back to Sid in a van.