“Get up! I don't care about your health!”

  • Date and time: May 15, 2022 00:00
  • Location: Close to the city Slunj, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.103820270999, 15.781227173437
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 50 person(s), age: 17-45 years old , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, insulting, forcing to undress
  • Police involved: 3 Croatian regular police officers, 1 police car, 3 deport vans, 2 civil cars
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: papers signed
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Blindspots

Original Report

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, a group of 50 people from Pakistan and Afghanistan got pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia.

According to the respondent, the group set off from Velika Kladusa to Croatia at 3 a.m. on May 14 and crossed the border at 11 a.m. On their way through the forest, the group had problems with the new Croatian sim card, which did not work in the border area.

When the group passed a small river, they encountered a white colored car with blue stripes on the sides and the inscription “Policija“. Three people dressed in dark blue uniforms got out of that car. This uniform suggests they were Croatian regular police officers. Reportedly, the police officers started to insult the group while kicking them:

“Fuck you”, “Fuck your family, […] sister”.

One of the officers was wearing a black ski mask. When people looked into the face of an officer, he yelled: “Don’t look at me“. The officers checked the bags and bodies of the group, who partly had to undress and had to sit close together on their knees.

After a little while, the reinforcement arrived: 2 civil cars and 3 white deport vans with windowless rears. When the group was requested to get up, a group member complained about pain. One officer answered:

“Get up! I don’t care about your health!”

According to the respondent, the group had to divide into three groups to board one of the three “deportation”-vans, that went to different locations. On the way to the vans, some people tried to jump over a small brook to avoid getting wet, but they were forced to walk through the water.

The respondent shared one van with two benches on the sides with 15 other people, the car drive lasted for what felt like 3-4 hours. During the ride, he felt dizzy and cold and had a headache. The group was dropped off on the Croatian side of the Croatian-Bosnian border (45°12’36.5″N 16°01’03.0″E), where they also found the other group members. The group had to walk for approximately 5-7 hours to get back to Velika Kladusa.