“Almost to Italy - then pushed back to Bosnia”

  • Date and time: January 14, 2022 07:00
  • Location: Near Velika Kladusa, Bosnia
  • Coordinates: 45.1840797, 15.8068421
  • Pushback from: Croatia, Slovenia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia, Croatia
  • Demographics: 15 person(s), age: 25-35 years old , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 20-25 Slovenian officers in camouflage; 4 further Slovenian officers in unknown uniforms driving 1 van; 5-6 Croatian officers in all black wearing balaclavas
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On January 14, a group of 15 men from Pakistan and Afghanistan were pushed back from Slovenia to Croatia and subsequently from Croatia to Bosnia. The respondent was a 35 year old man from Pakistan. They were about 10km from Italy when they were apprehended (45.544275, 13.883258; see map).

Image: Location at which the respondent and his group were apprehended.

The respondent described that his group was apprehended at about 7am on January 14, while he was eating his breakfast. He believes that they were caught because sensors picked up the voices of people talking – it was unclear why he drew this conclusion.

20 to 25 Slovenian officers in camouflage uniforms surrounded them in the morning. The respondent described that these officers took the groups bags, phones, and shoes and reportedly put them in the water (it was not clear which water).

These officers then called for what the respondent said were Slovenian border police, he did not describe them further because the group were ordered to sit with their faces to the ground and not look up. The alleged Slovenian border police were 4 officers in one police van who drove the group to the border with Croatia.

At the border about 5 or 6 Croatian officers wearing all black and balaclavas (referred to as “Commandos”) were waiting; they drove the group to the border with Bosnia, near Velika Kladusa. This group, he said, were “very bad”; they beat the men with batons and took the rest of their clothes so that they were pushed back to Bosnia wearing only underwear, forced to walk barefoot.