“The woman was violently pushed down a hill by a police officer”

Woman's leg after being pushed down a hill by a Croatian police officer
  • Date and time: July 7, 2022 04:00
  • Location: Border near Bugar
  • Coordinates: 44.932299, 15.735122
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: 6 months old, unknown , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: unknown number of police officers, blue uniforms
  • 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 pushback took place in the early morning of July 7th, 2022 at 4 am, in the proximity of the Bosnian-Croatian border.

The transit-group consisted of 3 women, one man and one six months old baby. The respondent is a young man who tried “the game” four times with his wife and his six months old son. The couple is from Pakistan and their child who was born in Greece remains, as of today, stateless.

The respondent reports that he noticed being followed by the police since they crossed the Croatian border. The respondent further states that he cannot remember the exact location of the pushback, as the police later destroyed his phone. However, he manages to recall that they were stopped in the forest.

Eventually, at 4 am, police stopped the group. After having searched everyone, they stole their food, money and phones. According to the respondent’s description, police agents were wearing blue uniforms, matching the attire of Croatian border police.

Despite the intention to seek asylum in Croatia was expressed by the respondent, the police pushed them back anyway.

The respondent declares that police officers also used violence against his wife. According to his declaration, the woman was violently pushed down a hill by a police officer and this resulted in her leg getting seriously wounded.

The respondent describes walking back into Bosnia with police officers pushing and hitting them with sticks. Once in Bosnia, the respondent reached with his family the village of Bugar from which he called a taxi to take them back to Borici camp, in Bihac.