“All men expressed their intention to apply for asylum in Croatia, but the police rejected their wish answering 'No asylum'”

  • Date and time: August 7, 2018 22:00
  • Location: Near route A1, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 44.988599, 15.647922
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 10 person(s), age: 20-37 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), insulting, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 7 Croatian police officers wearing uniform, equiped with night vision devices, in a civil car
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

A group of 10 men, all from Pakistan, crossed the Bosnian border to Croatia from Velika Kladuša. When they were 20 kilometres inside Croatia, walking on the Road A1, they were detected and caught by the Croatian police. The group of police officers that found them were around 20, in 2 vans and 3 cars.

All men expressed their intention to apply for asylum in Croatia, but the police rejected their wish answering: “No asylum”.

The police officers told the men to give them their mobile phones and money. The police took the men’s phones and money but did not return them back.

Then, the men were driven to the Bosnian border, close to Šturlić, where they arrived around 1 a.m. At the border, the police told the men to leave the car in groups of 2. As soon as they left the car, they were attacked by the policemen with sticks. Two police officers attacked each man, one after another.