“Beaten with tree branches ”

  • Date and time: February 6, 2021 00:00
  • Location: Near the D216 road, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.304707669566, 15.713306485082
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 10 person(s), age: Unknown , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, dog attacks, forcing to undress, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 4-6 Croatian police officers
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the 5th of February, the two respondents and 8 others took a taxi from Bihac to Velika Kladusa after which point they crossed the border to Croatia on foot. After walking 5 hours, in the forest near the D216 road in Croatia, 2 Croatian authorities approached and apprehended them. They were described has having a dog with them and called for more police officers to come.

When more police cars arrived to the location, the 10 group-members were places in the vehicles and driven towards the border with Bosnia near Velika Kladusa. Once they arrived back to the border, they were taken out of the vehicle two-by-two at which point they were forced to undress. After handing over all of their clothes (underwear included), the group-members were beaten with tree branches everywhere on their body as well as in the face. Allegedly, some were also bitten by the dog. While the respondent waited in the police vehicle, one the respondents described hearing the screaming of his fellow group-members.

After this period of direct physical violence, the clothes were given back to the respondents and their friends. The policemen kept their money and mobile phones. The group then crossed the border back in to Bosnia-Herzegovina on foot and began the return back to Velika Kladusa after which point they then walked 14 hours to return to Bihac.