“Five Young Men Violently Pushed Back from Romania”

  • Date and time: June 20, 2020 00:00
  • Location: Timisoara, Romania
  • Coordinates: 45.7488716, 21.2086793
  • Pushback from: Romania
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: Reporter 21; others 21-28 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Romanian officers, possibly border patrol
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

Around the 20th of June, five young men aged between 21 and 28 were violently pushed back from Romania to Serbia. The primary respondent to this report was a 21 year old Afghan man. He has been violently pushed back many times from many countries; Romania, he recalled, is the worst, “they don’t care about hurting you or if you die, they just beat you.”

He and his group had set out at 7:00 pm from Serbia into Romania and progressed on foot until some 2 km from the city of Timisoara (ROM) when four officers – he believes they were border police, but was not able to offer a description – caught them near the city. They were spotted using binoculars and approached the group in a vehicle.

The authorities shouted at the group, but they did not dare speak back for fear of retaliation. For the next 40 minutes, the officers held the group-members in this location during which time they beat the men, kicked them and hit them with their batons. The officers also took their phones and money; expensive phones they kept, inexpensive phones they destroyed. During this time, another car was called.

When this second vehicle arrived, the men described being driven directly back to the Serbian-Romanian border. They were then let out of the vehicle and told to walk back into Serbia.