“All of the police officers surrounded the men and attacked them”

  • Date and time: November 17, 2017 21:00
  • Location: Near Subotica, Hungary
  • Coordinates: 46.184311, 19.703865
  • Push-back from: Hungary
  • Push-back to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 20 person(s), age: 15-30 , from: Pakistan, Nepal, India
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, dog attacks
  • Police involved: Hungarian male border police with blue uniforms, catchment and violence: 4 border police officers, 2 police dogs, deportation in big police vans
  • 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

On November 17th. 2017, 20 men walked from Subotica Serbia across the Serbian-Hungarian border and were caught by 4 border police officers, about 1 km. into Hungarian territory, at 9pm. The men expressed their intention to seek asylum, so the police asked for their personal details and destination. The police laughed about the origin of the men and their intentions. They searched their bodies and belongings, and proceeded to violently assault them.

The police forced the men to kneel down and look towards the ground. All of the police officers surrounded the men and attacked them. The police beat the men using palms, fists, sticks and kicking them on all parts of their body. The police further let their 2 dogs attack the men, scratching and biting them. The interviewee was scratched by dogs, and a week later he still had wounds on his right wrist, right ring finger and left middle finger. The assault lasted for about 10 min.

Next the police transported the men in a big police van to the Serbian-Hungarian border near the catchment place, where they were forced to go back to Serbia.