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"European people very nice people. But government, big problem"

Date & Time 2021-04-29
Location Close to Velika Kladuša, BiH
Reported by Anonymous Partner
Coordinates 45.19210079, 15.79221695
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved yes
Men involved no
Age 22 - 40
Group size 13
Countries of origin Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 6
Violence used destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 3 Croatian army officer with green uniform, one police officer in blu uniform and 2 Croatian police officers with black uniform, balaclava mask and batons, 1 police van

On the 29th of April a group of 13 men from Pakistan was apprehended by the Croatian army while walking through the forest close to the road E65 in Croatia. From that day the respondent remembered how cold it was when the army catched them. The three officers in green uniform told the group: “Sit, don’t speak, don’t run.” After some time one officer in blue uniform arrived in a police vehicle, the officer then called for two more officers that arrived in a van, wearing black uniform and ski masks. The thirteen people were told to get into the back of this van. A two hours drive under bad conditions followed: the respondent describes “very bad driving” and vomiting.

The vehicle stopped at the border to Bosnia, close to the town of Velika Kladuša. The group was told to get out. The officers in black uniform took all personal belongings such as shoes, jackets, backpacks and sleeping bags, power-banks, phones and money and burnt everything. Then the group was told to walk across the border, from which they had to walk for two days to reach Lipa Camp, the place where they stayed before.