“Everytime it's the same, they beat us. I have nightmares of my journey to Croatia, but I cannot talk about it, especially not with my family”

  • Date and time: March 19, 2022 13:00
  • Location: Inside Bijeli Potoci Kamensko Park, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 44.643857481403, 15.872419022352
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 4 people person(s), age: 19-27 , from: Pakistan, India
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, forcing to undress, theft of personal belongings, reckless driving
  • Police involved: 4 officers in civilian clothes, 2 officers in black uniforms, 1 car, 1 white van
  • 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: Anonymous

Original Report

On the 19th of March 2022, four people from Pakistan and India were caught by what the respondent claims were Croatian police; they were beaten and searched, and sent back to Bosnia without giving them the possibility to ask for asylum in Croatia.

The respondent claims he and the other three people started their ‘game’ from Bihać on the 16th of March 2022; they walked for four days. It took them a long time to cross the border because the path was very steep and they were going very slowly. They struggled a lot during their hike.

On the 19th of March, the respondent reports that the group was caught by Croatian police inside Bijelo Potoci Kamensko Park, at 1 p.m. As the respondent says, there were 4 policemen in civilian clothes.

“They asked us where are we from. We answered ‘Pakistan’ and ‘India’ and they beat us. They used a stick and they beat us on our legs. We asked for asylum, they said ‘it’s not possible here’.”

The respondent affirms that after beating them, the police made a call, and after three hours of waiting, two more officers driving a white van arrived. They were wearing black uniforms.

“They bad-checked us everywhere, without clothes, luckily they only stole our power banks.”

The respondent says the first four policemen left, and the two new policemen drove the four people inside the van for three hours, and they were shaking the car continuously. After that, the group was deported close to Kulen Vakuf. They didn’t have food so they asked other organizations to give them a ride to the closest city, but finally, no one arrived.

“I have done 5 games. Every time it’s the same, they beat us. I have nightmares of my journey to Croatia, but I cannot talk about it with anyone, especially with my family, or I will stress them too much.”