“They explained their difficult situation at home and in their host countries, but the police answered: "No asylum, go back to Serbia"”

  • Date and time: October 11, 2017 05:00
  • Location: Tovarnik, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.15714, 19.147172
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: 14-20 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 4 policemen, male, in Croation border police uniforms
  • 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: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On October 11th, 2017, at about 5 am, 5 people from Afghanistan were pushed-back at the Serbian-Croatian border between Tovarnik and Šid, near the train rails on the Croatian side.

The people-on-the-move crossed the border by train in a container and were caught by 20 police officers, near Tovarnik. The police called for four additional border police officers, who transported the people in a police van, to the pushback location, where the police violently assaulted them.

The police beat them with fists and palms, and were hitting them with sticks, on all parts of their bodies. The police searched people’s bodies and their baggage. Their money and phones were confiscated.

The 5 men expressed their intention to seek asylum and explained their difficult situation at home and in their host countries, but the police answered: “no asylum, go back to Serbia”. Afterwards the police pushed the men across the border and they walked back to Šid.