Skip to content
Support our work

We wish no harm to anyone, and our respect for the police is like the respect for our parents

Date & Time 2023-03-17
Location Sremska Rača, Serbia
Reported by No Name Kitchen
Coordinates 44.90996406201, 19.296712875366
Pushback from Bosnia
Pushback to Serbia
Taken to a police station no
Minors involved yes
WLTI* involved no
Men involved yes
Age 16
Group size 4
Countries of origin Morocco
Treatment at police station or other place of detention
Overall number of policemen and policewomen involved 4
Violence used beating (with batons/hands/other), kicking, insulting, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
Police involved 4 Bosnian police officers wearing dark uniforms; 1 police van; 1 police car.

In the evening of the 16th of March 2023, a group of four Moroccan men, crossed the border from Serbia to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After walking for 20km, the respondent recalled that 4 people arrived on the spot: 2 of them arrived in a van and the other 2 in a car. They apprehended the group arount 9am on the 17th of March.

The respondent identified these people as Bosnian police officers, and described their uniforms as darker than those of the Serbian police.. Then, he stated that the group was transported in the above mentioned police van to an old, abandoned building, described as isolated and far away from any other building or people.

There, reportedly, all the transit group members were beaten, including the 16-year-old minor. They were slapped in the face, kicked, and punched all over their bodies, on and off over a period of 2 hours.

The respondent reported that the officers were filming them with a phone. The officers asked their names, nationality, and country of origin. Later, he recalls that they stole their belongings, money, and phones. Afterwards, the officers drove the group to a river – that the respondent was not able to identify –  and threw all their things in the water. Ultimately, the group was transported to Sremska Rača, and sent back over the border Serbian border. The respondent mentioned that the officers insulted them and told them “Never come back here”.

Our dream is to reach Europe and to obtain work and find a better life. We wish no harm to anyone, and our respect for the police is like the respect for our parents.