“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 policemen in civilian clothes, 2 policemen with a black uniform, 1 normal car, 1 police 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, 4 people from Pakistan and India were caught by Croatian police; they were beaten and searched, and sent back to Bosnia without giving them the possibility to ask asylum in Croatia.

The respondent claims he and the other 3 people started their game from Bihać the 16th of March; they walked for 4 days, they took long time to cross the border because the path was very steep and they were going very slow; they struggled a lot during their hike.

On the 19th of March, the group was caught by Croatian police inside Bijelo Potoci Kamensko Park, at 1 p.m. As the respondent says, there were 4 policemen with civilian clothes, who showed their badge and also the guns they were keeping inside the trunk of the car.

“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, this police made a call, and after 3 hours waiting, other 2 policemen driving a white van arrived. They were wearing a black uniform.

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

The respondent says the first 4 policemen left, and the 2 new policemen drove the 4 people inside the van for 3 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, everytime 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.”