“The put him on the floor and jump on him until they broke his arm.”

  • Date and time: May 15, 2019 01:00
  • Location: Border crossing Batrovci / Serbian side
  • Coordinates: 45.047329561139506, 19.10694122314453
  • Push-back from: Croatia
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 2 person(s), age: 17, 18 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground
  • Police involved: 2 Serbian border officers
  • 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

“I.” and “K.” left from the main squat in Šid (SRB) in the late evening of the 14th of May. “I.” is 18 years old, while “K.” is 17 years old. Both are from Afghanistan.

They entered into a truck parked on the Serbian side of the border with the intention of crossing over to Croatia. At around 1:00 am, two Serbian border officers opened the truck and found the two individuals. “K.” ran away from the police officers and escaped into the nearby forest, however “I.” was not able to do the same. “I.” described that, without any words, the two Serbian police officers punched, kicked, and beat him with a baton stick all around the body. He recalled that the officers forced him onto the ground and jumped on him until they broke his arm.

He finally ran away from them and walked three hours before arriving back to the squat in Šid.

The day after, volunteers from No Name Kitchen went with “I.” to the hospital in Mitrovica (SRB) where he received an X-ray which revealed that his arm was broken during this incident.