“Some German police officers passed the place of violence. During their visit the Hungarian police interrupted this treatment.”

  • Date and time: December 26, 2017 23:00
  • Location: Serbian-Hungarian border near Horgoš
  • Coordinates: 46.184002303391836, 19.95229680898433
  • Push-back from:
  • Push-back to:
  • Demographics: person(s), age: , from:
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used:
  • Police involved: 7-8 Hungarian border police officers (male, in uniforms) with two dogs with masks, 4 police cars, German police officers passed by
  • Taken to a police station?:
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Rigardu

    Original Report

    On 26th December 2017 10 men from Pakistan, including four minors, walked from Serbia across the Hungarian border and got caught by 7-8 Hungarian border police officers (male, in uniforms) wearing masks with two dogs and 4 police cars the following night on 24th about at 11 pm in some jungle near the border near Horgoš, at the Hungarian territory. The police officers  wrote shortly down their identity 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 treat all of them with violence for about half an hour in total. The officers beat them with hands and sticks and kicked them with hardened shoes to all body parts. Two young officers beat the interviewed man (minor) severely: they kicked him with hardened shoes and hit him with stick to his back. Next the police officers made their dogs to punch and scratch the men. Some German police officers passed by the place of violence, and during their visit the Hungarian police interrupted this treatment. After the violence they checked their bodies and belongings and asked for property. They checked up their money and mobile phones. No pictures or fingerprints were taken or written documents given to the men. The men stayed at the place a bit longer than half an hour. After that, about 12 pm, they were transported to the Serbian-Hungarian border near where the police ordered the men to go back to Serbia. The men returned to the Serbian side. When the man interviewed 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).