“They were told that they were going to Zagreb to ask for asylum, but the police brought them back to the Serbian border”

  • Date and time: August 27, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Dobova, Slovenia
  • Coordinates: 45.8970349, 15.660114300000032
  • Pushback from: Croatia, Slovenia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 3 person(s), age: 22, 23, 25 , from: Algeria
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), destruction of personal belongings
  • Police involved: Equipped with truncheons
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On August 27th, 2017, three people from Algeria (25, 23 and 22 years-old) were caught in Dobova, by the Croatian police. They called the UNHCR to ask for help and sent their geo-location. The interviewees told reporters that they believed when UNHCR called the police officers, the police denied that they had caught them. The interviewees describes the police as ‘a little bit violent’, one of them was hit in the face. After 5 hours in a closed room at the police station, they were told that they were going to Zagreb to ask for asylum. But the police brought them back to the Serbian border, along with around 30 people (Afghans, Pakistanis and Algerians) who were all brought back at the same time. The police beat them when they came out of the van. The police officers had truncheons. Their phones were broken, and their money torn up. For one of the interviewees it was the 2nd. time he was pushed-back, another the 10th time.