“The group included a minor, who was beaten the same as the rest of the men”

  • Date and time: October 1, 2017 20:00
  • Location: Vincovci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.150550782205, 19.169017689941
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: 26, 20, 25, 15 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, insulting, destruction of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 3-4 Croatian border police officers in uniforms, male
  • 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 1 October, 2017, around 8 pm, 4 people from Afghanistan who had crossed the border to Croatia by walking from Šid, Serbia, and were apprehended by 3 police officers near Vincovci, Croatia. The police asked for their nationality (no ages asked or pictures taken) and called 4-5 other police officers to transport the men to the border, to the pushback spot, where 3-4 Croatian border police officers were waiting for them.

At this location the border police officers assaulted them, beating them with batons (long black with handrest) and fists, and kicking them, on all parts of their body.

The border police searched the men and broke the screens of four phones, no belongings were confiscated. All the police officers took part in the beating. One person had their glasses broken. The group included a minor, whom was beaten  the same as the rest of the men.

After that the men ran to the Serbian side and walked back to Šid.