“For 2 days, they were deprived of food and water”

  • Date and time: May 21, 2022 00:00
  • Location: Šid, Serbia
  • Coordinates: 45.156420378266, 19.176958141406
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: insulting, forcing to undress, theft of personal belongings, left for 2 days without food and water
  • Police involved: 4 Croatian officers, 2 Croatian police cars, including 1 prisoners transport car with a cell at its back
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, fingerprints taken, no translator present, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On Tuesday, the 19th of April 2022, around 9 pm, a group of 5 people from Afghanistan and Pakistan was apprehended by Croatian authorities in the Croatian city of Vokuvar. They said that they had crossed the border a few hours before and rested in an empty house. Reportedly, 2 old persons saw them in the house and then went to talk to them. The respondent says that they called the police on them, stating to the police that they met foreign people. After only 10 minutes, 2 Croatian police cars arrived, described as one small car, with 2 officers inside, and one prisoners transport car with a cell at the back, with 2 other officers.

After being all handcuffed, the 5 people were forced to enter the prisoners transport car and were taken, after around 20 minutes of driving, to what was described as a police station, probably the Vukovar Police Station. The officers forced them to register their fingerprints. Then, they were forcibly placed into a cell, where they ended up staying for 2 full days. The officers took their phone, their shoes, and their shirts, so they stayed for 2 days only in their trousers. The respondent complained about how “very cold” the temperature was in the cell. He also explained that the officers took his money from him, 350 euros in total. They did not give him back his money, his phone, and 3 of the 4 shirts he had. During these 2 days, no food or water was given to them.

The respondent explicitly told the officers he wanted to ask for asylum, but they did not act accordingly; “police not respect the rules”, he explains. He was told by one officer “you are shit”.

The officers accused the 5 persons of smuggling, and brought them to what the respondent called “jail”. In this place, they stayed for 28 days. Reportedly, there they were given “little little food, little little water”.

After these 28 days, the 5 people were brought to what the respondent called a “police station”. They once again stayed in a cell for 2 days. Then, they were taken to a prisoners transport van, which pushed them back over the border, back into Serbia.