“My friend told them not to deport us to Afghanistan because we have problems there. One policeman said "Fuck your mother" and pushed him to the ground.”

  • Date and time: February 7, 2022 05:00
  • Location: Velika Kladuša, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Coordinates: 45.18318440182, 15.798193527044
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 6 person(s), age: 22-23 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground
  • Police involved: 7 Croatian policemen wearing black uniforms (Interventna Jednica Policija) and one wearing a black balaclava mask. 2 grey private cars (no flags, emblems, icons)
  • 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: Anonymous

Original Report

The respondent is a 22 years old man from Afghanistan. He went “on game” with other 5 men from Afghanistan, all aged 22-23 years old. They left Bihać on the 5th of February and walked to Velika Kladuša, where they crossed the Croatian border.

They were walking for two days when they reached a little Croatian village with a bridge. As soon as they crossed the bridge, they noticed a camera. The respondent cannot recall the exact location because his phone was later stolen by the police. They proceeded towards the “jungle”, as the respondent calls the woods, and once there, two policemen stopped the group. The policemen were two middle-aged men wearing black uniforms and they arrived in a private grey car, without any police icon or Croatian emblem. It was around 1 AM.

Soon after, a similar car arrived and five more policemen joined them. They all wore black uniforms. One person wore a balaclava mask. This policeman approached them and started beating them all up. In particular, one of the respondent’s friends was kicked very heavily while laying on the ground. Two other people on the move were also beaten up violently all over their bodies. The respondent was slapped on the face by another policeman.

They told us to go back to our country and they beat us too much. My friend told them not to deport us to Afghanistan because we have problems there. One policeman said “Fuck your mother” and pushed him to the ground.

The police confiscated all of their belongings, including phones and money.

Afterward, the six Afghani men were loaded on the two police cars. The car ride lasted about 3 or 4 hours. They were finally pushed back in Velika Kladuša around 5 AM and walked all the way to Bihać again.