“Me speak: 'I have stay, I have stay', he said: 'no stay' and fight me and fight me and fight me”

  • Date and time: June 14, 2021 07:15
  • Location: Lipovac, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.048224013418, 19.098336696625
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: 16, 18 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, insulting, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 4 Croatian border police officers in light blue uniforms, 2 Serbian border police officers in dark blue uniforms, 1 car of Serbian border police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: fingerprints taken, photos taken, no translator present
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

At 7:15 in the morning of the 14th of June 2021, 2 people on the move were found in a truck, during their attempt to cross the border from Serbia to Croatia, at a Croatian border checkpoint between Batrovci and Lipovac. They were 16 and 18 years old. At the checkpoint, there were 4 Croatian border police officers in light blue uniforms. They forced the PoM out of the truck and struck them with police batons. The respondent was hit on his left cheek which caused it to swell very badly.

Then, the officers took the 2 PoM to a room inside of the border checkpoint, where they took their photos from them and took their fingerprints. The respondent asked for asylum, but got struck in return for his question:

“Me speak: ‘I have stay, I have stay’, he said: ‘no stay’ and fight me and fight me and fight me.”

The police officers kept a phone from one of the PoM and destroyed the phone of the other. They also seized 200 euros from one of the guys and 16 euros from the other one. Additionally, they took away the shoes of one of them. During the whole procedure, there was no translator present, despite their lower level of English.

About 40 minutes after they were found the Croatian police handed the 2 PoM  over to Serbian border police officers. There were 2 Serbian border police officers in dark blue uniforms. They took the PoM into a police car. They drove them to a village near the border crossing, which is called Batrovci. There, they let the PoM out of the car and struck them with police batons, fists, and kicks for what felt like 30 minutes to the respondent. After that, the officers told the PoM to go to the camp and left them alone.