“They catch us and ask us don’t move don’t stand up stay down and head down”

  • Date and time: May 23, 2022 00:00
  • Location: Unknown
  • Coordinates: 45.996612275189, 20.37447484375
  • Pushback from: Romania
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 18 person(s), age: 20-27 years old , from: Pakistan, India
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, insulting
  • Police involved: 6 or 7 Hungarian officers, car and 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: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

The respondent is a 25-year-old man from Pakistan. He was pushed back from Romania to Serbia on the night of 23/05/2022. He was pushed back with a group of 17 people from Pakistan and India, aged from 20 to 27.

Less than a kilometer after having crossed the border, the group was apprehended by 6 or 7 officers, described as “Romanian Police officers”. The respondent saw the Romanian flag on their uniforms and described them as speaking the same language among themselves and not in English.

“They catch us and ask us don’t move don’t stand up stay down and head down”

The officers were addressing the groups in English and reportedly insulted them.

“If you are running, I shoot you and if you come back again I will shoot you”

According to the respondent, the officers beat some of them. At least 12 of the transit group were beaten with batons and feet. The group tried to ask for asylum but, they were told that they are not allowed to obtain papers to remain in Romania.

“Go back, go back, don’t come here, next time don’t come here”

The officers were in presence of the group for about two hours. After that a van came, the transit group were loaded into it and after a 10 minutes drive, they were brought back to Serbia.