“If we move, they would have kicked us, as well if we speak any word in english”

  • Date and time: August 4, 2021 13:00
  • Location: Lipovac, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.055126, 19.101413
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: 17, 19,20, 27 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 3 croatian border-police officers, 1 police van. Border police (blue uniform)
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the morning of the 4th of August, a group of four people was trying to enter Croatia from Serbia, hidden inside a truck. The respondent explained that they were traveling for many hours. Especially at the border crossing, the truck had to wait for many hours in the sun. “We stayed inside the van almost 10 hours, under the sun, waiting for the scanner, we start to feel very faint and dizzy.”

Around 1 p.m. officers of the Croatian border police discovered them through the scanner and took the men out. There were three officers at the border crossing who checked their pockets for money, and took 150 euros from them but did not take their phones. As the respondent describes, afterward the men got severely beaten. 

But main matter was not the money, we were beaten very hard: slapping, jumping on us, boxing…”

Afterward, the men were forced to sit in a very uncomfortable position for about one hour. The respondents described the position as a sort of squat: They were kneeling down but were not allowed to touch the ground with their bottoms.

If we move, they would have kicked us, as well if we speak any word in English”

The respondent says that he was not kicked as hard as the others because he was in the middle, further away from the officers. They kicked and slapped them in the face, onto their torsos, and generally everywhere on the body.

The officers did not ask for their ages (the respondent is a minor), the only questions they asked were: “Where did you get in the truck? How much money did you give to the boss? Where is your money?” The respondent states that they could not answer these questions, as they were not allowed to speak in English. Otherwise, they would get beaten. While they were still in the squatting position, one of the officers took out a flag from Afghanistan which he was carrying in his bag, and destroyed it, by ripping it apart, in front of him.

After this procedure, one of the officers called a van, which brought the 4 people to another border side. The van was without real windows, it just had two holes with a fence in front, as the respondent described it. The driver was another member of the border police.  The journey by car lasted for about 5-10 minutes, and then the people were left in a forest along the green border.

At the moment of this report, another person of the group was present, while the other two were inside a local refugee camp, as they were the ones beaten harder, so that they needed medical assistance.