“Man with pregnant wife spending 2 nights in rooms similar to jail”

  • Date and time: December 3, 2020 00:00
  • Location: Harmica, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.892387747427, 15.684288412552
  • Pushback from: Croatia, Slovenia
  • Pushback to: Croatia, Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: 24, 25 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Slovenian and Croation borderpolice
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, personal information taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the 3rd of December,  the respondent and his wife (who is pregnant) entered into train in Sid (Serbia) after leaving the nearby family camp, which later arrived in Dobova (Slovenia) (approximate coordinates: 45.890818, 15.679838). There, they described that several Slovenian border authorities asked them for their documents, to which they said they are refugees and were taken to a nearby police station. Reportedly, at this station, they were told by other officers that there would be no problem for them claim asylum in Slovenia and be taken to one of the camps.

After spending one night in the police station in a room very similar to jail as described by the respondent, the officers took all the personal belongings of both the respondent and his wife (phones, money and watches) and told them to go in their vehicle. The respondent asked if they were being deported or taken to a camp. The officers responded they were being taken to a camp in Slovenia.

Thirty minutes later, they were taken to not in a camp but rather to the town of Harmica (Croatia) where they were transferred to Croatian authorities and again had to spend the night in a different police station (approximate location: 45.892043, 15.685109) . The respondent mentioned that his wife is pregnant to both the authorities in Slovenia and Croatia but they all replied she will be able to see a doctor once they are in a camp.

After this second night in a police station, the respondent described that the Croatian authorities “put us in a car like animals” and began to drive them back in police van towards the Serbian border with Croatian. The respondent described that they were brought to the outskirts of the town of Tovarnik (Croatia), very near to the border with Serbia, and told to walk back into Serbia by the officer. The couple then went back to the family camp in Sid (Serbia).