“They beat me so much with a tree branch and also with a baton; but worst of all, they took their belt and whipped me.”

  • Date and time: September 6, 2021 08:00
  • Location: In close proximity to Slovenian border, 8 hours by truck from a camp in Serbia.
  • Coordinates: 45.528669630154, 14.486254111524
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Bosnia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: 25-29, 35 , from: Afghanistan
  • Minors involved? No
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, pushing people to the ground, exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings, reckless driving, Whiping on genitals
  • Police involved: 5 Slovenian Border Police, 2-3 Croatian Police in jail, 2 Croatian Police drivers, 6-7 Croatian border police
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, papers signed, no translator present, access to only 1 bottle of water and some bread per day
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: Anonymous

Original Report

On the 6th of September, 4 people from Afghanistan were caught by Slovenian border police; the 4 of them were loaded in two different police cars. Therefore, 2 of them were brought to a sort of jail where they stayed for 3 days; after that, they have been transferred to the border with Bosnia where they were brutally beaten by police before the group was sent over the border into BiH.

The respondent states that he started his game from a Serbian Camp (the respondent says that it was close to the Bosnian border, and he remembers that the name of the camp is “Shamsi”). There, he and other 4 Afghani people entered in a truck. As the respondent claims, the group stayed inside the truck for 8 hours; until they crossed the Slovenian border and then stopped in an area very close to the border. It was 8 in the morning of the 6th of September. But as soon as they left the truck, 5 Slovenian border policemen arrived. 2 of the 4 Afghani were loaded in one police car, the other 2 in another one.

The respondent says that he and the other Afghani were taken to a police station and quickly found themselves in a sort of jail. From this detention side, the group was driven to the Croatian border where the group was handed over to Croatian officers.

We stayed 3 days in jail. We didn’t see any lawyer, they didn’t provide us a translator. They just gave us one bottle of water per day and some bread.”

The respondent continues:

I asked for asylum many times. Finally, one policeman arrived and made us signing some papers. I really thought it was related to my request for asylum. I hoped for that, there are many problems in Afghanistan, there’s been war since long time, we cannot go to a proper school or find a good job there.

After 3 days in detention and the handover to Croatian authorities, the respondent states that in the daytime he and the other person were put in another police car and driven close to the Bosnian border, near Velika Kladusa. Two Croatian policemen were driving the vehicle. The respondent describes that they were driving recklessly and that they turned the air condition up to the maximum.

The respondent claims that after 6 hours inside the car (he says that he’s not sure about the duration of the trip, but it felt really long to him) they arrived at the Bosnian border. The paper they had signed before were given to the Croatian police beforehand, but they never saw them again. The respondent starts to tell all the violence he experienced at this point:

“There were 6-7 policemen, it was nighttime. They checked us and took all of our belongings: phone, charger, money and some clothes. They smashed my phone to the ground and forced me to bend and take it. I did it, and while I was bent over, they beat me so much with a tree branch and also with a baton. You can see how’s my nail (picture below). But worst of all, they took their belt and whipped me on my genitals.”

 

image showing one of the injuries caused by the beating

 

After striking them, the police made them run across the border. The respondent indicates that he did not try to see any doctor as he was feeling ashamed of seeing one because the police had beaten him in his private parts. He cured himself and now he’s feeling better, but he still has damages from the torments he received.