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Bright lights, gunshots and shouting, then beaten with a tree branch.

Date & Time 2021-03-04
Location Near the town of Ripac
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 44.712069, 15.929453
Pushback from Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 20 - 35
Group size 55
Countries of origin Afghanistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), gunshots, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings
Police involved 20-25 officers in dark green uniforms, 5-6 officers in blue uniforms

On 3rd April a group of 10 or 11 men from Afghanistan was pushed back from Croatia to Bosnia at the border near the town of Ripac.

The group had started from Bihac with around 60 people whose ages were 20-35. They had traveled on foot across most of the Croatian interior and had reached roads E65 and road 3, approximately near the town of Sljeme. It was around 1 am and the group was around 500 metres across road 3 when they were stopped by officers. 10 officers were in front of them and 5 were on each side. The respondent recounted that they shone bright lights and fired their guns into the air, shouting “everyone stop!”. The respondent described the officers as “commandos” wearing dark green uniforms. 

Of 60 people in the group, 5 people were able to escape, whilst the remaining 55 people were loaded into vans. The respondent stated that no violence occurred at this point. 8-10 people were brought into each vehicle. The respondent was in a vehicle with 10 others and reported that the other group members were pushed back at different locations. They drove for around an hour before the van stopped and the drivers changed. The respondent described that the van continued to near the town of Ripac, where 5 or 6 officers in blue uniforms were sitting by a white container. These officers demanded that outer clothes be removed. Bags, coats, and outer layers were burnt. The respondent said: “Police checking, just one [pair of trousers] they say no problem, if you have two they say put one in fire.” The officers in blue beat the group members with a tree branch before telling them to run across the border back to Bosnia.