“The police took them out of the van one by one and beat each person for about 3-4 minutes”

  • Date and time: August 30, 2017 00:00
  • Location: UNHCR Office in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.148721571305, 19.176193802344
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: unknown , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 5-6 Croatian police officers in a van
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

In August 2017, the interviewee was caught in Croatia along with 3 other people. In Zagreb they had been to the UNHCR office, and the police had caught them right in front of the entrance door to the building (5-6 police officers in a van).

They were brought to the police station. They stayed there for 6 hours, without food or water. He was body-searched, and the police took his mobile and never gave it back to him. Then they were brought by van to the border with Serbia.

While being pushed-back to Serbia, they were beaten by the police. The police took them out of the van one by one and beat each person for about 3-4 minutes, kicking, punching and beating them with batons.