“The 4 people were beaten one after the other, by 2 policemen who beat each person for about 20 minutes”

  • Date and time: September 8, 2017 00:00
  • Location: Vinkovci, Croatia
  • Coordinates: 45.145458606956, 19.167196959863
  • Pushback from: Croatia
  • Pushback to: Serbia
  • Demographics: 4 person(s), age: 19-20 , from: Pakistan
  • Minors involved? Unknown
  • Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), theft of personal belongings
  • Police involved: 2 police officers from Vinkovci
  • Taken to a police station?: yes
  • Treatment at police station or other place of detention: denial of food/water
  • Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
  • Reported by: No Name Kitchen

Original Report

4 people from Pakistan were pushed-back to Serbia on September 8th, 2017. They were 4 people in a taxi with one taxi driver. A police car stopped the taxi and asked them to come into the police car. They were brought to the police station in Vinkovci.

In a closed room inside the police station, the police started beating them. Inside this small room, they were beaten one after the other, by 2 policemen who beat each person for about 20 minutes. They were asking them if they understood English, and asked for some information about the taxi, to check if they were English speakers. In the hopes of not being beaten, 2 people pretended that they didn’t speak or understand any English.

When they asked for asylum, the police officers answered: “If you don’t speak English I don’t give asylum”. They stayed 2 hours at the police station. Each person was being beaten for approximately 20-30 minutes. One of them was punched in the thorax and in the back. He still felt pain in his shoulder and his thorax at the time of the interview.

The people-on-the-move asked for water, but the police refused to give them some. The police took 2 phones and checked the contacts, and they didn’t give them back. Afterwards the police pushed them back to Serbia. They were  brought by a van to the border at the railway tracks. The police opened the doors of the van and ordered them to run.