“Those took them with a car where they sat cramped and had therefore difficulties to breathe”

  • Date and time: October 1, 2018 00:00
  • Location: a forest at the Slovenian-Croatian border near Rupa, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.48926092988004, 14.278106689453125
  • Push-back from: Slovenia
  • Push-back to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 20 person(s), age: Unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: destruction of personal belongings, sitting cramped resulting in difficulties to breath
  • Police involved: Several Slovenian officers, several Croatian officers
  • 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: Aid Brigade Sarajevo

Original Report

Some Slovenian officers detected the two families in a forest on the Slovenian side of the border with Croatia, close to Rupa (HRV). They arrested them, denying them their right to claim asylum. The officers made them undress and body-searched the men in front of all other members of the families, including the women and children.

Then, they were driven to the Croatian border and handed over to the Croatian authorities. Those took them with a car where they sat cramped and had therefore difficulties to breathe.

The two families repeatedly asked the officers for asylum but were denied due to the reason that they had illegally entered the country. Additionally, their requests for water and food were denied. Then the officers drove them to the Bosnian border and dropped them off near Bihac (BIH).

When they arrived at the border, the officers broke all their phones and ordered them to walk back to Bosnia, threatening them to never return to Croatia again.