“First beaten by a truckdriver, then by the authorities ”

  • Date and time: January 28, 2021 01:00
  • Location: Bihac, Bosnia
  • Coordinates: 44.831389553292, 15.76264059516
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 6 person(s), age: 16-25 years old , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 6 Croatian police officers wearing black uniforms and masks
  • 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?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

At the end of January, the respondent and 5 more people were traveling in a truck that was driving from Serbia through Croatia. The respondent explained that, after spending two nights in this truck, around 1 or 2 am, the driver of the truck stopped in a parking lot near the E70 road leading to Zagreb to go to sleep. The next morning, the driver discovered that the group was in his truck and called the police. The respondent reported that six uniformed men -that he identified as Croatian police officers- arrived, 2 women and 4 men.

The driver reportedly went into the truck and started hitting the respondent as well as the others that were inside. The respondent described that, after this, the authorities hit them using batons for approximately 20 minutes in the parking lot. The respondent claimed that they also took their clothes, bags, money and broke their mobile phones.

According to the interviewee, afterwards, they took the people-on-the-move to a nearby police station where their names were written down and their pictures were taken. Another group of people in transit (2 women and 2 men) were present in the police station. Their stay in the police station was relatively short, it lasted what felt like 30 minutes to the respondent.

The respondent reported that they were then driven in a police vehicle to the Croatian-Bosnian border near Bihac. One by one they were asked to come out of the car and struck with batons. According to the respondent, the uniformed people who hit them this time were wearing black uniforms and black masks. The group was then forced to cross the border back to Bosnia and walked back to Bihac.