“As the 12 people were leaving the van, the police used stun guns on them”

  • Date and time: September 4, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Vinkovci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.147637904034, 19.164107055078
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 12 person(s), age: unknown , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? Yes
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), electric shock, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 8-10 Croatian police officers with stun guns and a van
  • 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 September 4th, 2017, our interviewee, a 16 year old boy from Afghanistan was caught by the Croatian police, along with 12 other people from Afghanistan, in the forrest near Visconsi, Croatia.

The Croatian police arrived in 3 police cars. They broke our interviewee’s phone and took his money. All of the people-on-the-move were beaten by the police, after they were caught in the forrest.

Our interviewee asked for asylum, but none of the police officers replied. All of them were brought directly back to Serbia, by approximately 8-10 police officers in a van. The van stopped close to the railway at the border between Croatia and Serbia. As the 12 people were leaving the van, the police used electric stun guns on their bodies and necks, before letting them go.