“This is not my problem. These are the rules in our country”

  • Date and time: July 29, 2022 00:00
  • Location: Glinica, close to Kladuša
  • Coordinates: 45.1999077, 15.9414364
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: 20-25 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: reckless driving
  • Police involved: Unknown number of officers wearing blue shirts
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Blindspots

Original Report

The respondent reported that he and four other men from Afghanistan – aged between 20 and 25 years old – left Bosnia on the 29th July.

The group crossed the border to Croatia near the village of Glinica. After a walk of 14 hours, the respondent explained that a group of officers intercepted them a few kilometres away from Glinica. One officer reportedly asked the respondent “What do you want? Where are you from?The respondent explained that he served in the Afghan army and was forced to leave the country after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. The respondent then stated that he asked for asylum.

However, one of the officers is reported to have replied: This is not my problem. These are the rules in our country”. The officer then opened the door to a transport van and reportedly forced the group to enter. After a 20 minute ride, during which the respondent recalled they were driving very fast and dangerously, they stopped in a location described as close to the border. The officers showed them the way back to Bosnia with a torch and gave the group back their mobile phones, then they reportedly forced them to leave Croatia against their will.