“Sent back wounded from Hungary”

  • Date and time: July 23, 2020 18:00
  • Location: Subotica
  • Coordinates: 46.1005467, 19.6650593
  • Push-back from: Hungary
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: Two 20 year olds; one 16 year old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), destruction of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Unknown number of Hungarian 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 23rd of July, three young men crossed from Serbia into Hungary and were violently pushed back by Hungarian authorities. The group was comprised of two 20-year-old males and a 16-year-old unaccompanied minor.

The young man who was the primary respondent for this report could not give the precise location of where they crossed the border initially, only that it was near a forested area. After crossing in to Hungary, the group walked on foot for approximately three hours  before they were approached and apprehended by Hungarian authorities. The respondent believed that they were initially spotted from the air by a plane or a drone.

Upon encountering the group at around 6:00 pm, the Hungarian authorities were described as becoming physically violent – hitting all three of the young men and commanding them not to speak. The officers destroyed their mobile phones and everything else of value which they had with them.

During this encounter with the authorities, the respondent received a blow to the head with a baton and was bleeding badly (see image).

Gash after 1 week

After this, the group-members were loaded into vehicles brought to the scene by the Hungarian authorities and driven back to the border with Serbia, near the Serbian city of Subotica. There, the Hungarian forces took them out of the vehicles and led them towards a pushed a door in the barbed-wire fence which separates the border between Hungary and Serbia. They were told to walk though it, after which the door was closed and the men began to walk back towards Subotica. On their way, they came across a petrol station, which they stopped at and asked for help. There, an employee called the local police who later arrived and arranged an ambulance for the men.