“One by one they had to stand up and were hit with batons and fists and kicked”

  • Date and time: August 31, 2017 21:00
  • Location: Croatia, railway tracks near Tovarnik
  • Coordinates: 45.148996, 19.16108
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 9 person(s), age: Unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, electric shock, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian border police with two small white cars and a white van
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

A group of nine people from Afghanistan, five of them underage, got caught by Croatian police officers in green uniforms with one star on shoulder on the D57 road outside of the village Orolik in Croatia (45.220235, 18.989764). They asked for asylum but did not get an answer, just:

“Don´t come here”.

Requests for food and water were denied. The police had two small white cars and a white van. The people-on-the-move were brought to the Croatian border, to the railway tracks near Tovarnik on the Croatian side.

The police forced the group to undress and sit on the ground. One by one they had to stand up and got hit with sticks and fists and kicked. They asked the interviewee if he speaks English and when he denied they hit him in the stomach and in the neck, and gave him an electric shock with a taser.

The others, including the minors suffered the same torture. The officers destroyed their phones (7) and powerbanks (5), gave them their clothes back and told them to run across the border to Serbia.