“We are not animals, we are human beings”

  • Date and time: November 8, 2020 00:00
  • Location: Batrovci, Serbia
  • Coordinates: 45.0472251, 19.1069959
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 15 person(s), age: 15-25 years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 2-4 Croation police officers with green uniforms
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the 8th of November, a group of 15 men from Afghanistan attempted to cross on foot from Serbia into Croatia. The group first arrived near the Batrovci crossing border point, at which point somewhere between two and four male Croatian police officers with green uniforms started running behind them and catching up to them.

When caught at a more hidden spot near the Batrovci crossing point, the officers were described as having ordered the group to stop and searching the group-members belongings. The respondent described that he and his fellow group-members had their money and their mobile phones taken from them. The respondent described trying to explain to the policemen how this money is essential to him since he does not have any family members in Afghanistan who could send him more money.

After taking their belongings from the group-members, these officers were described to have become physically violent with the guys using their hands, their feet and batons. The respondent described being hit on his ear and having his hair pulled. After this fight, which lasted four or five minutes, the group was told to run away back into Serbia.