“The minor was beaten up by three guards in the ship”

  • Date and time: October 2, 2020 00:00
  • Location: Ship in Venice, Italy
  • Coordinates: 45.4383649, 12.307342
  • Pushback from: Italy
  • Pushback to: Greece
  • Demographics: 7 person(s), age: 17 years old, unknown years old , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, insulting, forcing to undress
  • Police involved: Ship security, Italian police officers and Greek police officers
  • Taken to a police station?: unknown
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, no translator present, denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the 2nd of October, 2020, the respondent – an Afghan minor – was tucked away under a truck inside a ship leaving from Patras to Italy. Once the ship arrived to Venice, the boy was  discovered by security guards inside the boat in the port. The men told him “there was nowhere to run”, consequently forcing him to take his shoes off and keeping them from him. He was handcuffed and then brought into what the victim described as “the captain’s room”.

In this room, the respondent described that three Italian officials punched and kicked him in his lower body, even after he expressed being a minor. The respondent believed these men to be security guards.

The route of movement according to the respondent’s testimony

Afterwards, he was directly brought back to a room in order to be pushed-back to Greece. The small room’s door was locked and he was not given anything to eat – just a bottle of water – for the long hours the trip back to Greece lasted. 

Reportedly, the minor was only given his shoes back after arriving in Igoumenitsa, where he was dropped off with an expulsion order to be completed in the time of one month. The respondent also claimed that six other guys were pushed back from Venice to Igoumenitsa on the same date as him. After being returned to Igoumenitsa, the respondent described making his way back to Patras.