“First time I see the Croatian police behaviour is really good”

  • Date and time: June 18, 2021 23:30
  • Location: Lipovac, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.055122081063, 19.101319345338
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: 26, 28 , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: 5 Croatian police officers in light blue/grey uniforms, 1 Croatian police van
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: photos taken, personal information taken, papers signed, no translator present
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

At 1 pm on the 18th of June 2021, 2 men, one from Pakistan and the other from Afghanistan were found inside a truck in a town inside Croatia by the truck’s driver. The men were on their way from Serbia towards the Western European countries. One of them was 26, and the other 28 years old. When the driver discovered them in the truck they run away, but the Croatian police caught them half an hour later in the same town. The men did not remember the name of the town. They only know it was somewhere on the way between Serbian-Croatian border and Zagreb.

The 2 police officers who arrived to apprehend these men were driving a police van and were dressed in light blue-grey uniforms. They locked the men in the back of the police van and drove them to a police station.

When they arrived at the station the men remained locked in the van for 5 to 6 hours. After they were let out. Eventually, they were taken into a room inside the station. They were given some food and water and were allowed to use the toilet. There were 3 more police officers in the station wearing the same light blue-grey uniforms. They made the apprehended men fill out and sign forms about their personal details and took pictures of them. The forms were in Pashto and Urdu languages, the mother tongues of the men, but there was no translator present. The conversation between the men and the police officers took place in English.

The men asked for asylum in Croatia, but the police officers said that they could not accept this request, as there was no refugee camp near that town.

After filling the documents the same 2 police officers that had first stopped the men took them back to the van and drove them to the border with Serbia. They were let out near a small white building on a dirt road that crosses the Serbian-Croatian border a few meters south from Bosut river. The police officers told the men to follow the road and cross the border back to Serbia.

The respondent was quite surprised that the Croatian police officers did not use physical violence against him and his companion at any point during the push-back. Neither they stole anything from them.

“First time I see the Croatian police behaviour is really good”.