“The staff started to talk to the police officers asking them to let him go inside, in order to give him international protection”

  • Date and time: August 30, 2017 00:00
  • Location: UNHCR Office in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.153564063337, 19.171387283789
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: unknown , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

In Zagreb, the interviewee, a 26 years-old man from Pakistan, was going to the registration office of the United Nations (UNRCR). In front of the doors to the offices, there were police officers. They apprehended him and he started to shout. Some people from the UNHCR office came out.

The staff started to talk to the police officers asking them to let him go inside, in order to give him international protection. But the police pretended they first wanted to register him at the police station, and that they would bring him back afterwards. He stayed in detention for 14 hours. He asked the police for food and water, but they didn’t bring him anything.

During the night, around midnight, the Croatian police moved him and other people-on-the-move, who had been caught. They were moved from the cell into a van, and they were brought to the Serbian border.

The police took our interviewee’s phone and powerbank, and 100 euros from one of his friend. Another of his friends got his phone back completely destroyed. They forced them to cross the border into Serbia.