“Forced to walk shoeless to the nearest Transit Reception Centre”

  • Date and time: July 16, 2021 21:00
  • Location: Irinovac, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 44.9609888, 15.6561959
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 16 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • 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, 12 Special Police (SJP) officers
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: Collective Aid

Original Report

After 9pm on the 16th of July, a group of 16 people from Afghanistan crossed the border between Bosnia and Croatia, close to Bihac. They were caught on the side of road 217 by 6 Croatian police officers in blue uniforms, who arrived in 3 separate vehicles.

The Croatian police units called for back up and shortly after 12 individuals wearing green uniforms balaclavas joined the operation, presumably the Special force’s police officers. Members of the transit group were beaten with batons on their limbs and all their belongings were taken: food, water, phone, money, and shoes.

They were then taken to the police station, from where they were brought to the Bosnian border and left there. The respondent and his travel companions proceeded to walk shoeless for days until they reached the nearest Transit Reception Center.