“The men stated that they were seeking asylum in Serbia and showed them their ID cards from Adasevci camp, but the police didn’t believe them”

  • Date and time: October 12, 2017 03:00
  • Location: Vinkovci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.150210987239, 19.158885018555
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: 30, 25, 22, 20, 19, 18 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: no violence used
  • Police involved: 6 policemen during apprehension, several in detention place, 10 policemen at pushback
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: photos taken, personal information taken
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

5 people-on-the-move walked from Adaševci, Serbia across the Serbian-Croatian border to Vinkovci, Croatia, and attempted to continue towards Zagreb in a train container.

They report being caught by 6 male police officers at Vinkovci train station, on October 12th, 2017, at 3 am. After that, they were transported in a police van to Vinkovci police station. The men stated that they expressed their intention to seek asylum, in English. The police filled out forms with their identity details, one form per person, and took pictures of them. The men stated that they were seeking asylum in Serbia and showed them their ID cards from Adaševci camp, but the police didn’t believe them.

No further asylum procedures took place. The group report that the police then confiscated people’s backpacks and other property, and put them in detention. They remained in a cell for about 12 hours. The men got water to drink and were allowed to buy food. No physical or verbal violence occurred.

On 12th October, at about 3 pm, respondents report that 10 male police officers transported them by a police van to the border near train rails between Tovarnik, Croatia and Šid, Serbia, where they were pushed-back to Serbia. They walked to Adaševci camp and arrived there at about 7 pm.