“They were dropped 25 km far away from Sid, telling them 'Go taliban, don’t come again'”

  • Date and time: October 3, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Tovarnik, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 44.973814659705, 19.094527577344
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 5 person(s), age: Unknown , from: Afghanistan, Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), pushing people to the ground, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 3 Croatian police officers, one with a black uniform, one without a police uniform and another one with a t-shirt
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention:
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: No
  • Reported by: Rigardu

Original Report

On the 3rd of October, 2017, 5 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan were pushed-back from Croatia to Serbia during the night.

The people-on-the-move entered Croatia and walked approximately 15-20 km inland. They were caught by the police close to a road. While they were being body-searched, the police pushed them on their car, with their faces against the vehicle. When one started bleeding, they stopped. Our interviewee got bruises on his face. He didn’t ask for asylum, because he experienced that the police answers were always negative such as “fuck you” or “kill yourself”.

One other man’s leg got injured because he was pushed by the police on the car. Three of their mobile phones were taken. It was the 5th time our interviewee’s mobile phone was stolen in this way.

They were brought back to Serbia in a closed car: five people-on-the-move in the back and two policemen in the front. They were dropped 25 km far away from Šid, telling them:

“Go Taliban, don’t come again”.

The interviewee remembers three police officers: one with a black uniform, one without a police uniform and another one with just a t-shirt.