“Police officers searched their backpacks, slapped all of them in the face and stole their phones”

  • Date and time: May 10, 2018 14:00
  • Location: Near Batrovci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.045398758803245, 19.096785342578187
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 20 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

20 men from Afghanistan were caught in a Croatian forrest, 6-7 hours from the Serbian/Croatian border. They were waiting in the forrest for a person who did not arrive, so when they saw a police car, they stopped it. The police officers searched their backpacks, slapped all of them in the face, and stole their phones.  A van arrived and the police officers pushed them back to Batrovci. They asked for asylum but the police officers didn’t reply.