“When he asked them for asylum in Croatia, they answered that asylum was closed”

  • Date and time: September 6, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Near Vinkovci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.149785878518, 19.176979064941
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 1 person(s), age: 22 , from: Algeria
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other)
  • Police involved: 3 Croatian policemen
  • Taken to a police station?: no
  • 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 6th, 2017, a 22 years-old person from Algeria was apprehended along with 6 others people, 50 km after crossing the Croatian border, near Vinkivci. None of them had food or water left, so he had been sent to the nearest gas station for provisions. At the gas-station, the respondent reports being caught by 3 police officers who subsequently they punched him in the face and beat him. The staff at the gas station didn’t react. 

The respondent stated that the police then took him into their car and brought him back to Serbia. When he asked them for asylum in Croatia, they answered that asylum was closed. He also reports being told by one of the police officer that he was a terrorist. This was the fifth time that our interviewee was pushed-back.