“They ordered the men to kneel down and then started to beat them”

  • Date and time: December 26, 2017 23:00
  • Location: Near Horgoš, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 46.184002303391836, 19.95229680898433
  • Pushback from: Hungary
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 10 person(s), age: unknown , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, dog attacks
  • Police involved: 7-8 police officers described as Hungarian border police (male, in uniforms) with two dogs with masks, 4 police cars, other police officers passed by
  • 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: Rigardu

Original Report

On December 26th. 2017, 10 men from Pakistan, including four minors, walked from Serbia across the Hungarian border. They were caught by 7-8 police officers described as Hungarian border police (male, in uniforms) wearing masks, with two dogs and 4 police cars, in a forrest near the border near Horgoš, within Hungarian territory.

The police officers wrote down their personal details, and the men expressed their intention to seek asylum. As a reply one officer shouted: “This is not Pakistan, this is Hungary, this is not your home!” They ordered the men to kneel down and then started to beat them for about half an hour in total. The officers beat them with hands and sticks, and kicked them with hardened shoes to all parts of their bodies. Two young officers beat the interviewee (a minor) severely. They kicked him with hardened shoes and hit him with stick on his back. The police officers further ordered their dogs to attack and scratch the men.

Some other police officers passed by the place during this violent attack, and during their visit the what they described as Hungarian police stopped the beating. Afterwards they searched their bodies and belongings. They checked their money and mobile phones. No pictures or fingerprints were taken, and no written documents were given to the men. The men stayed at the place for a bit longer than half an hour. Afterwards, at about 12pm., they were transported to the Serbian-Hungarian border, where the police ordered the men to go back to Serbia. The men returned to the Serbian side. When the interviewee arrived in Subotica he consulted the field doctors for his back pain. He suffered huge pain for weeks. The field doctors gave him a supporting corset and medicine (medical report from the clinic as a possible proof of the incident).