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The police refused them access to the asylum procedures and verbally attacked them

Date & Time 2018-06-14
Location Rakovec, Slovenia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 45.922627, 15.7026451
Pushback from Slovenia, Croatia
Pushback to Bosnia
Taken to a police station yes
Minors involved no
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 23 - 30
Group size 3
Countries of origin Pakistan
Treatment at police station or other place of detention fingerprints taken, photos taken, papers signed, no translator present
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved unknown
Violence used theft of personal belongings
Police involved Slovenian border police officers (wearing uniforms), 1 police car (van)

The interviewee and his two friends walked from Velika Kladusa (Bosnia) through Croatia, and from there to Slovenia. Within Slovenian territory, on a road close to the village Rakovec, the group was detected by the Slovenian border police. The police took the men to a police station, where they were interviewed. The interviewee and his friends expressed their intention to seek asylum in Slovenia, but the police refused them access to the asylum procedures and verbally attacked them.

“Police said to us that we could not apply for asylum in Slovenia and told us to go back to Bosnia and apply for asylum there. They [police officers] were telling us: Go back you migrant!”

Afterwards, a police officer took the men’s fingerprints, photographed their faces, and made them sign a document in Slovenian language that the men did not understand, as they could not speak Slovenian and the police did not provide them with a translator. The men have not obtained a copy of this document. Police stole their three phones and three power banks. They were hiding their money in a tooth paste, so that the police couldn’t find it. In the end, the police drove the men to the Croatian border from where they walked around 30 km back to Velika Kladusa.