“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: 45.8150108, 15.981918899999982
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 26 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • 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 was going to the registration office of the United Nations office. In front of the doors to the offices, were police officers. They caught 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 jail for 14 hours. He ask the police for food and water, but they didn’t bring 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 his phone and powerbank, and 100 euros from one of his friend. Another of his friends got his phone back completely destroyed.