“I am not an animal. Where do you want me to go?”

  • Date and time: July 6, 2022 01:01
  • Location: Border near Velika Kladusa
  • Coordinates: 45.195620019667, 15.792743772944
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: 11, 22, 24, 27, years old,11 months old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, insulting, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings, reckless driving
  • Police involved: 1 dog, 4 croatian police officers in blue uniforms and 2 croatian police officers in black uniforms, 2 blue and white police vans
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The respondent is a 22 years old young man from Afghanistan. He was travelling with two children aged 11 years old and 11 months old, as well as a woman and another man.

The group left from Velika Kladusa and was apprehended by 6 police officers on Croatian territory, after 3 days of walking. The police officers had a dog with them. 2 police officers were wearing black uniforms, while 4 of them had blue uniforms on.

The respondent recalls that, when they were apprehended, it was cold and raining. He states that:
They stopped us, checked our bodies and punched us. They came and kicked me four or five times. They took our mobile phones and our money (365€). They did a full body check, even around our private parts

One of the police officers asked the respondent: “Why do you come to my country?”

He replied that he wanted to apply for asylum in Croatia, and said:”I am deported from everywhere, and back in Afghanistan I will be killed. I am not an animal. Where do you want me to go?

The police officers detained the group for about 1,5 hours. During this period of time, the respondent and the other man got violently beaten and kicked by the police officers. Their food was taken away, and so the baby’s milk: the officers threw it away. After the search, the policemen threw their used gloves into the man’s backpack and spat into it.

After taking away the respondent’s shoes, the police officers loaded everyone in the van. It was blue and white, without windows or benches where to seat. It was very hot, but the officers turned up the heat inside the van anyway, making it unbearable.

The van was very very hot. And they drove very badly. Banging us from side to side.”

The children and two adults threw up. It was hard for them to breathe. While they were feeling sick, the group heard the policemen laughing. In the early morning hours, they were let out at the bosnian border, near to Velika Kladusa. The respondent says that, when they got off the van, the police told them: “If you come back again I will kill you. Go!