“They requested asylum adding that that they didn't want to go back to Serbia, but the police didn't want to accept their request”

  • Date and time: February 5, 2018 14:30
  • Location: Near Zagreb, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.68838398355318, 16.392532913671857
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Croatian police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: photos taken, personal information taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

Two men from Afghanistan (one minor, 17 years old) were caught by Croatian police near Zagreb. Coming from the Serbo-Croatian border they came out of a truck and started to walk on a road towards Zagreb. The Police cought them at about 55km. from Zagreb, at 2.30pm. They brought them to a police station about 2 km from Zagreb. The interviewee could not specify the precise location of where they were caught, nor the location of police station to which they were taken.

At the police station the police officers took their personal information,  and prepared papers that were not given to them. Afterwards they took a picture of both of them. One mobile phone was taken away and not given back.

They requested asylum adding that that they didn’t want to go back to Serbia, but the police didn’t want to accept their request. They were kept in a police station for two hours, until they were taken by police car to the border crossing Bajakovo – Batrovci and were pushed back to Serbia.