“Too much beating. Two times they beat.”

  • Date and time: October 3, 2021 15:00
  • Location: around 35 km away from Lipa
  • Coordinates: 44.709160906723, 15.933390360494
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 30 person(s), age: 15-21 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), pushing people to the ground, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 10 military officers, 11 Croatian police, 1 officer in black clothes, one police van
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Unknown
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

On the 3rd of October, 30 people from Pakistan were walking in the Croatian jungle near road D52. Around 11 am, ten officers in camouflage uniform and five Croatian policemen caught the group who was trying to cross the country on foot. The respondent is 18 years old, and in his transit group were some minors (15 years old) and other young men, not older than 21.

The officers forced the young men to lay down on the ground. Then they took their shoes, mobiles, food, money and all their other belongings. At that time, while the guys were not allowed to move and had to face the ground, the officers started beating them with batons, especially on their legs. The respondent also declared that the officers were using bad words against them, even though they could not understand everything, since they spoke in Croatian. 

“Police, too much beating. Commando, just a little bit.”

After catching and beating the PoM, one Croatian policeman and another officer in black clothes brought the group to a police station with a van. They drove for about one and a half/two hours. The group stayed there for only 10 minutes, waiting in the car. They did not enter the police station. The respondent could also not recognize or remember the police station as the van they were in only had small windows. 

After that, the same two officers drove them for one hour with the same van. They arrived at the border with BiH, where they found six other Croatian police officers. There, the group was beaten one more time. 

“Border also, too much beating. Two times they beat.” 

In the afternoon, around 3 o’clock, the Croatian police pushed back the respondent and the rest of the group. The respondent affirms the location of the pushback was 35 km from Lipa camp in the area of Bihac, BiH.